Jean Tinguely Painting Artist

Jean tinguely

Jean Tinguely (22 May 1925 in Fribourg, Switzerland – 30 August 1991 in Bern) was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He is best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art, in the Dada tradition; known officially as metamechanics. Tinguely's art satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society. Tinguely grew up in Basel, but moved to France in 1952 with his first wife Swiss artist Eva Aeppli, to pursue a career in art. He belonged to the Parisian avantgarde in the mid-twentieth century and was one of the artists who signed the New Realist's manifesto (Nouveau réalisme) in 1960. His best-known work, a self-destroying sculpture titled Homage to New York (1960), only partially self-destructed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, although his later work, Study for an End of the World No. 2 (1962), detonated successfully in front of an audience gathered in the desert outside Las Vegas. In Arthur Penn's Mickey One (1965) the mime-like Artist (Kamatari Fujiwara) with his self-destructive machine is an obvious Tinguely tribute. In 1971, Tinguely married Niki de Saint Phalle.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 22nd, 1925
Date of death
August 30th, 1991 at age of 66
Place of death
Bern, Switzerland
Places lived
Fribourg , Switzerland
pop. 34,273 (2009)



Art periods / movements

1.Modern art

Begun Ended Other artists
born 1929
born 1913
born 1903
born 1912

2.Nouveau réalisme

Begun Ended Other artists
born 1927
born 1927
born 1928
born 1929

Art forms 2

Form Contemporaries
born 1910
born 1927
born 1931
born 1910
born 1937


1.Fragment from Homage to New York

Begun Completed Art form Art period Subjects Supported by Medium Owners
Painted metal
Museum of Modern Art

Movie performances

1. A Day in the City (1956)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
Hans Nordenström
Gösta Winberg
Hans Nordenström

A Day in the City is a 1956 short film written by Pontus Hulten, Hans Nordenström and Gösta Winberg, and directed by Pontus Hulten and Hans Nordenström.


Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Hans Nordenström

Written work

1.Jean Tinguely

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1961. at New York City (16 pages)
1982. at New York City (324 pages)
1987. at New York City (384 pages)
1987. by Thames & Hudson (384 pages)
1987. by Bompiani (Italy) (384 pages)
1988. by Abbeville Press (384 pages)
1997. by Nuova Icona at Venezia (38 pages)


1.Museum Tinguely

The Museum Tinguely is an art museum in Basel, Switzerland that contains a permanent exhibition of the works of Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely. Located in the Solitudepark by the Rhine, the museum was designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta and opened on 3 October 1996. A variety of Tinguely's kinetic art sculptures are on permanent display, complemented with illustrations, photographs and other documents related to the artist's life and work. The museum's temporary exhibitions show works from Tinguely's friends and contemporaries, as well as other modern artists such as Bernhard Luginbühl, Niki de Saint Phalle and Yves Klein, among others.
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