Jean Tinguely
Débricollage 1970

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Jean Tinguely 1925–1991
Date 1970
Medium Metal, plastic, wood and electric motor
Dimensions Object: 515 x 700 x 465 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1984
Not on display

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Best known for his huge and absurd animated constructions of junk, Tinguely also made small sculptures exploring particular ideas. Here the kind of hand tools he customarily employed are brought together in an electrically-driven three dimensional collage. The appearance of movement and the beat are coordinated in a syncopated way so that the illusion of irregularity is created. The actions of the tools appear purposeful but are pointless in functional terms. Tinguely perhaps had in mind the obsolescence created by mechanical progress. This elegant work is animated by the colourful handles of the tools as well as by movement and sound.

August 2004

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