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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. 14


Material / technique: Portable sculpture, metal and wood, wires, rubber belts, painted black
Size: 38 x 69 x 41 cm
Inv.Number: 11123
Catalog: Bischofberger 0121
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

The portable and hand-driven “Méta-Matic No. 14” emphasises the happening aspect even more dramatically than the other drawing machines. Here it becomes particularly obvious that it is the moment of drawing, the interaction between art viewer (art user) and machine sculpture that actually constitutes the artwork, and that the drawing produced in the process is more like a document of a lived interaction than an artwork in its own right.