Museum Tinguely, Basel

Paul Sacher-Anlage, 2 , Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 681 93 20
closed on: Mondays
Museum Type: Art

The Museum Tinguely is an art museum in Basel dedicated to the life and work of Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991).

The museum is housed in a quite peculiar pink-sandstone-clad building designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, located on the Rhine river waterfront in central Basel.

Opened to the public on October 3, 1996, the 65,000 square-foot home of the museum contains four exhibition spaces and a 19,400-square-foot central hall in which large-scale sculptures by Tinguely are permanently on display.



Exterior views of the Tinguely Museum in Basel, photos by Hannah, and by Jean-Baptiste Maurice


Jean Tinguely, “Fatamorgana – Méta-Harmonie IV”, 1985, Installation view at Museum Tinguely, Basel, © 2016, ProLitteris, Zurich; photo: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Bettina Matthiessen



Jean Tinguely, Grosse Méta Maxi-Maxi Utopia | Méta-Harmonie, 1987, photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

The permanent collection of the museum comprises several sculptures by Tinguely, including his famous machines, documents, photos and drawings of the artist, as well as artworks by Tinguely’s wives Eva Aeppli, and Niki de Saint Phalle.

The artistic career of Tinguely evolved from his “ready-made” sculptures of the early 1950s to the first motor-driven scrap-iron works, called Méta-mécaniques, to more complex moving and noise-making metal sculptures made in the 1960s and 1970s, up to his large-scale, monumental mechanical artworks of the ’80s,



Views of exhibition rooms at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, photos by Olivier Bruchez


Jean Tinguely. Méta-Harmonie II, 1979, photo by Dirk Hofmann


Jean Tinguely, Mengele-Totentanz / Danse macabre, 1986; photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Along with the permanent exhibition, the program of activities and events of the Museum Tinguely comprises temporary exhibitions, concerts, public guided tours, workshops, and special events.
The museum’s building, fully accessible to people with disabilities, includes a library, an auditorium, a restoration workshop, a store, a bistro-restaurant, and a sculpture park overlooking the Rhine river.

Cover photo by Rosemarie Voegtli

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