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

L'Ours de Bursinel


Material / technique: tree trunk, scrap iron, electric motor
Size: 272 x 194 x 220 cm
Inv.Number: 11376
Catalog: Bischofberger 0905
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Niki de Saint Phalle

This work was built atop a huge tree trunk that Tinguely found on municipal land in Bursinel near Nyon. Various small sculptures are mounted in such a way that they decorate the trunk like whimsical appendages, making the whole mighty piece of wood seem to dance with movement.