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Museum Tinguely

The Tinguely Museum, built directly on the Rhine to plans by Ticinese architect Mario Botta, houses the largest collection of works by Jean Tinguely (1925–1991), one of the most innovative and most important Swiss artists of the 20th century. The permanent exhibition presents an overview of four decades of his creative activity, from the artist’s early beginnings in the 50s with motorised reliefs, through to the large-scale sculptures and mechanical sculptures of the 1980s. Regular special exhibitions showcase a broad spectrum of artists and themes of the 20th and 21st century, based on Tinguely’s ideas: Presenting those that inspired him such as Marcel Duchamp und Kurt Schwitters, contemporaries such as Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein and also current trends. www.tinguely.ch

This museum greets you in the following languages: D/F/E
Opening 1996

Museum Tinguely (Basel), 2022
Photo: Daniel Spehr
Museum Tinguely (Basel), 2022 Photo: Daniel Spehr
Museum Tinguely (Basel), 2022
Photo: Daniel Spehr
Museum Tinguely (Basel), 2022 Photo: Daniel Spehr
Jean Tinguely, Grosse Méta-Maxi-Maxi-Utopia, 1987
Jean Tinguely, Grosse Méta-Maxi-Maxi-Utopia, 1987

Current exhibitions

le Définitif – c’est le Provisoire. New presentation of Museum Tinguely’s collection

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DIY art, limelight, broken glass – in Jean Tinguely’s multi-facetted oeuvre one encounters everything from machine performances to multisensory spectacles to critiques of consumer culture. Works and documents show his early successes, theatre projects and correspondence.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages:
le Définitif – c’est le Provisoire. New presentation of Museum Tinguely’s collection

Jean-Jacques Lebel. «La Chose» de Tinguely, quelques philosophes et «Les Avatars de Vénus»

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Jean-Jacques Lebel, a pioneer of action art, was the author of the first Happening in Europe on 14 July 1960: L’enterrement de la Chose de Tinguely. His passion for Nietzsche and Bakunin – among other philosophers – meets Tinguely‘s passion for Kropotkin and Bergson. With his video installation Les Avatars de Vénus, he addresses the question of the collective memory of archetypes, which overdetermines the history of the arts from one era to the next and from one culture to the next.


The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Jean-Jacques Lebel. «La Chose» de Tinguely, quelques philosophes et «Les Avatars de Vénus»

Anouk Kruithof. Universal Tongue

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Universal Tongue came out of Anouk Kruithof’s fascination with dance videos shared online as embodiments of personal expression, cultural identity, empowerment and joy. In a digital-archaeological study, she assembled 8800 videos, using them to realise the 8-channel video installation and a compendium of 1000 dance styles from around the world. Kruithof’s work is marked by a critical, multidisciplinary exploration of digital imagery.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Anouk Kruithof. Universal Tongue

BANG BANG - translocal hi:stories of performance art

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Performance will be taking centre stage at Museum Tinguely all summer long. The show will focus on Swiss art, its stories, and their many interpreters, while at the same time laying on an exciting, international programme of Happenings. From the spectacular to the scarcely perceptible, «BANG BANG» will give the incredibly rich history of performance art in Switzerland the attention it deserves.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
BANG BANG - translocal hi:stories of performance art

Next exhibition(s)

Territories of Waste. On the Return of the Repressed

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The entire ecosphere – the oceans, the air, our food, the soil, even the Antarctic – contains residues, particles and chemicals derived from our consumer culture. The extraction of raw materials leaves behind destroyed landscapes and toxic spoil. Waste is everywhere. The group show at Museum Tinguely brings together art that deals with this issue, both works by contemporary artists with their global, geopolitical and ecological perspective and works from the second half of the twentieth century.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D
Territories of Waste. On the Return of the Repressed

Lavanchy-Clarke: Cinema before cinema

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François-Henri Lavanchy-Clarke (1848–1922) made films of Switzerland to show at the Swiss National Exposition in Geneva as early as 1896. His extravagant pavilion in which they were screened was perhaps the world’s first cinema. An inventive media pioneer and Switzerland’s first colour photographer, Lavanchy-Clarke was also a tireless and unabashed promoter of Sunlight Soap – and an ardent reformer of the care for the blind.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: D/F/E
Lavanchy-Clarke: Cinema before cinema
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Location of the museum

Paul Sacher-Anlage 2
4002 Basel

Location/directions

Paul Sacher-Anlage 2. SBB (Central Railway Station): Tram no. 2 to "Wettsteinplatz", switch to Bus no. 31 or 38 to "Tinguely Museum". Badischer Bahnhof: Bus no. 36 By car: Highway exit "Basel Wettstein/Ost", parking directly under the bridge or at car park Badischer Bahnhof. Disabled parking at the Museum entrance at Grenzacherstrasse.

Open

Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday 11 am to 9 pm
Monday closed

Admission

Adults: 18 CHF
Students, disabled persons: 12 CHF
Groups (more than 12 persons): 12 CHF
Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult person) free

Contact

Museum Tinguely
Paul Sacher-Anlage 2 Postfach 3255
4002 Basel
061 681 93 20 Telephone
tinguelybasel.infos@roche.com
http://www.tinguely.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
  • Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
    Museumslupe: the museum has an entry in the Museumslupe, the digital children's guide for art and culture.
  • Parking
    Parking
  • Cafeteria
    Cafeteria
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Shop
    Shop
  • Very children and family-friendly
    Very children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport