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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


Méta-Matic No. 6

Méta-Matic
1959

Material / technique: Iron tripod, wooden wheels, moulded sheet metal, rubber belts, metal rods, all painted black, electric motor
Size: 50 x 70 x 30 cm
Inv.Number: 11122
Catalog: Bischofberger 1106
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

The use of machines to automatically generate artworks was nothing new. But in one point, Tinguely went beyond all earlier experiments with his “Machines à dessiner“ and “Méta-Matics“: the drawings executed by his automatons were stylistically in step with their times. They imitated the works of the Tachiste painters, which were very much in vogue in those days. “These painting apparatuses take Tachisme, long since grown academic, to its logical extremes.” Artists like Mathieu or Hartung (unlike Tinguely and his friends) were not amused.