Museum Tinguely

Collection of Museum Tinguely

Works and work groups belonging to all phases of Jean Tinguely’s career are to be found in the museum's collection. Along with selected temporary loans, they afford the visitor an extensive view of the artist’s career. Apart from sculptures, the collection furthermore comprises a large number of drawings and letter-drawings, documents, exhibition posters, catalogues and documentation such as photographs. In the measure of the possible all the exhibits are accessible to the public and regularly shown, be it in the permanent collection or as loans to exhibitions worldwide.

The museum’s collections are the result of a generous donation by the artist’s widow, Niki de Saint Phalle, made on the occasion of its foundation, a donation of works from the Roche collection, as well as several other gifts and acquisitions.

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Jean Tinguely

Probabilité No. 6 = p

Relief Stabilité

Material / technique: black wooden panel with 7 variously shaped metal elements, all painted white/ reverse: wooden wheels, rubber belts, metal attachments, electric motor
Size: 70 x 70 x 25 cm
Inv.Number: 11121
Catalog: Bischofberger 0125
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Niki de Saint Phalle

One of the last relief series is the “Probabilités”. Tinguely also called them “Relief Stabilité“, indirectly alluding to the manifesto "Für Statik" (For static) which he scattered from an airplane over Düsseldorf in 1959: "Everything moves. Standstill does not exist …"