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Agitator and poet : A fresh look at Tinguely – swissinfo

Jean Tinguely is remembered for his entertaining mechanical sculptures, but there was much more to him than ingenious contraptions made from junk. A new exhibition highlights his role as one of the most original artists of his time.

For over 30 years, the Swiss artist was an influential figure in the European avant-garde. Tinguely@Tinguely, on at Basel’s Museum Tinguely, also looks at his role as an agitator and a poet through the revamping of a collection started 16 years ago, and to which major pieces and biographical elements have been added over time.

“We need to revisit Tinguely’s work to rediscover how inventive he was,” Roland Wetzel, the director of the Tinguely Museum told swissinfo.ch on opening day.

The new display occupies all four floors of the Mario Botta-designed museum and will stay in place until September 2013.

After being greeted in the hall by three of Tinguely’s spectacular and monumental later works, the visitor is swept up an inclined gallery that dominates the Rhine below.

via Agitator and poet : A fresh look at Tinguely – swissinfo.

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