Collection
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


Radio-Skulptur

Radio-Skulptur
1962

Material / technique: radio, iron, wire, feather, electric motor
Size: 90 x 45 x 25 cm
Inv.Number: 11177
Catalog: Bischofberger 1131
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

Sound takes on a whole new dimension in Tinguely’s radio sculptures. It is no longer merely the motor or machine making noise; nor do the sounds come from the machine-driven striking of pots or drums. These are fully new, always up-to-the-minute original sounds produced by the radio. The world of communication and rapid news underpins the declamatory sculptures with their loudspeaker faces. Daily life is brought into the realm of art, not as a depiction, but rather dismembered into sentence or music fragments.