Jean Tinguely  (Swiss, 1925-1991) 

Best known for inventive and often whimsical mechanical sculptures, Jean Tinguely (Swiss, 1925–1991) was a painter and sculptor who worked in both Europe and the United States. Born in Fribourg, Switzerland between the World Wars, Tinguely grew up in Basel, where he attended the School of Arts and Crafts. In 1947, he moved to Paris and became involved with the Parisian avant-garde movement, meeting artists such as Yves Klein (1928–1962), Arman (1928–2005), and Daniel Spoerri, who called themselves the Nouveaux Réalistes.

In 1960, Tinguely carried out his famous Homage to New York, in which his site-specific sculpture was intended to self-destruct in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art. Even though the sculpture did not completely destroy itself, the event drew the attention of American audiences and led to collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) on his Experiments in Art Technology project. Tinguely’s sculptures, sometimes called “metamechanics,” incorporated a vast array of materials, including wood, metal, fabric, gears, musical instruments, and found objects into moving or static constructions. In 1971 Tinguely married fellow artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002), with whom he frequently collaborated. Tinguely died in 1991 in Bern, Switzerland.

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Jean Tinguely, Hultén


Jean Tinguely

Auction: May 3, 2014
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Jean Tinguely, Untitled


Jean Tinguely

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Jean Tinguely, Untitled


Jean Tinguely

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Jean Tinguely, Untitled, from Marginalia: Hommage to Shimizu


Jean Tinguely
Untitled, from Marginalia: Hommage to Shimizu

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Jean Tinguely, Maschinen 1955-1991


Jean Tinguely
Maschinen 1955-1991
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Jean Tinguely, Schwarze Kreise


Jean Tinguely
Schwarze Kreise

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Jean Tinguely, Huttén


Jean Tinguely

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Jean Tinguely, Eos


Jean Tinguely

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Jean Tinguely, Tudor


Jean Tinguely

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Jean Tinguely, L'Odalisque N°2


Jean Tinguely
L'Odalisque N°2, 1989
color serigraph on an offset lithograph with applied feather


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Jean Tinguely, 75 Cio, Lausanne


Jean Tinguely
75 Cio, Lausanne, 1990
color lithograph


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Jean Tinguely, Sans titre


Jean Tinguely
Sans titre, 1987
mixed media and collage on paper


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1925   Born May 22nd in Freibourg, Switzerland
1991   Died August 30th in Bern, Switzerland
2006   JGM.Galerie, Sculptures 1960-1990
2003 - 2004   Le Café Tinguely de Kyoto, Musée Tinguely, Bâle
2003 - 2004   "De Jeannot à Franz, Lettres et dessins de Jean Tinguely à Franz Meyer", Musée Tinguely, Bâle
2003   "Jean Tinguely, Ce qui bouge fonctionne mieux" Klagenfurt, Austriche
2002 - 2003   Jean le Jeune, Jean Tinguely - oeuvres de jeunesse jusqu’en 1959, Musée Tinguely, Bâle
2002 - 2003   Jean Tinguely, Le Silence n’existe pas, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Allemagne
2000 - 2001   A Bâle, je vivais avec la danse des morts, Musée Tinguely, Bâle
2000 - 2001   L‘Esprit 60 de Tinguely, Musée Tinguely, Bâle
2000 - 2001   L’Esprit de Tinguely, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Allemagne
1999 - 2000   Rotozaza I et II, Musée Tinguely, Bâle
1996   Inauguration of Musée Jean Tinguely in Bâle.
1989   60s-80s Attitudes, Concepts, Images, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
1988   Nikide Saint-Phalle La Fontaine of Château Chinon Retrospective Exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou
1988   Rétrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris
1987   Retrospective at the Palais Grassi in Venice and th Promotion of the Belle Arti in Turin
1986   What is the modern sculpture, Centre Pompidou Paris
1984   Présente Inferno at the Galerie Kornfeld in Bern
1983 - 1984   Author of the Fontaine Stravinsky, Musée d'Art Moderne Paris
1983   Collaborated with Nikki de Saint-Phalle la Fontaine Stravinsky, Paris. Retrospective at the Musé d' Art and of History of Geneve
1980   Created the island fountain for the Wekenhof Exhbition in Riehen/Bâle
1976   Jean Tinguely. Dessins et gravures pour les sculptures, Cabinet des estampes, Musée d’art et d’historie, Genève, 1976, Nr. 52 (solo)
1972   12 Years of Contemporary Art in France, Grand-Palais Paris
1971   Retrospective at CNAC(Centre National d' Art Contemporain) in Paris
1970   Began the construction of 'Monstre' (The Head, The Cyclop), monumental sculpture installed near Milly, in the heart of the Fontainebleau forest
1969   Comparaisons: Peinture-Sculpture, Musée d'Art Moderne Paris
1967   Art et Mouvement, in Montréal
1967   Rotozaza n1 (machine that plays with ballons) at the Galerie Iolas in Paris, then Rotozaza n 2 (machine that destroys the beer bottles transported on the moving sidewalk) at Congrès des futurologues 'Vision 67,' New York
1965   Series of large 'copulatrice et masturbatrices' sortes de chars qui accomplissent de rapides mouvements de va-et-vient sur des rails très courts.
1961   Present in the Louisiana Museum, Humlabaek (Denmark) his study for the end of the world n 1 machine auto-destructive, dynamic and agressive. Period, 'junk' :Balubas
1960   New York= machine - happening - autodestructrice, Museume of Modern Art New York
1959   Meta-Matics de Tinguely, at Galerie Iris Clest in Paris
1959   Méta-matics (machines à dessiner et à peindre sonores et olfactives)
1958   Exhibition with Yves Klein at Galerie Iris Clert in Paris
1958   Vitesse Pure et Stabilité Monochrome, Galerie Iris Clest Paris
1954   Divergences, at Galerie Arnaud Paris
1954   1st solo exhibition at, Galerie Arnaud Paris
1976    Jean Tinguely. Dessins et gravures pour les sculptures, Cabinet des estampes, Musée d’art et d’historie, Genève 1976, Nr. 52 (catalogue)