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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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Œuf d’Onocrotale No. 2

Relief Œuf d’Onocrotale
1958

Material / technique: Black wooden panel with 6 variously shaped metal elements, all painted white/ reverse: wooden wheels, rubber belts, metal attachments, electric motor
Size: 60 x 66 x 25 cm
Inv.Number: 11118
Catalog: Bischofberger 1097
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Schenkung Schweizerischer Bankverein

The series “Œuf d’Onocrotale“ (Pelican Egg) is distinguished by the fact that the elements can be combined to form an egg shape. This assumption is purely theoretical, however, because there is only a minimal probability that the parts, which all turn at different speeds, will actually group together to form such a shape. It is therefore only the idea of an egg that gives these reliefs their common basis.