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; Niki de Saint Phalle

Poster HON


Material / technique: Watercolour on printed paper
Size: 100.2 x 70 cm
Inv.Number: 3303
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

After the exhibition, which lasted one month, the sculpture was destroyed and disposed of, except for a few remnants. The idea of the ephemeral happening was very important to the artists; art should not necessarily always be created for eternity.