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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L'avion espagnol

Bücker-Jungmann 1.131 (E.3B-317)

Material / technique: 225 x 740 x 662 cm
Size: 11396
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

Type: Bücker-Jungmann 1.131 (E.3B-317), licensed to be built in Spain Manufacturer: Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA), Cadiz, Spain, made from 1937-1963 Model: 1953 Works number: 2053, hammered and welded into the fuselage Purpose: Training aircraft Restoration: 1 wing in July/August 1996, by Werner von Arx, Riehen This aircraft originally came from Spanish military inventory. Jean Tinguely purchased it for his studio in La Verrerie and hung it upside down there. This is the position (inverted flight) in which the aircraft is presented at Museum Tinguely.