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Joyous Machines
Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely
Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
2 October 200910 January 2010

This exciting exhibition focuses upon the connection between the work of Jean Tinguely (1925−1991), one of the most radical, inventive and subversive sculptors of the mid-twentieth century, and renowned British artist Michael Landy, who has been significantly influenced by Tinguely and his constructive and destructive tendencies.

Landy co-curates Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely, and devotes special attention to Tinguely’s rarely examined early career, tracing the development of Tinguely’s work from the late 1940s building up to his momentous Homage to New York. This, the most famous and influential of all ‘auto-destructive’ works of art, was a 27 ft high self-destroying mechanism that came to life for 27 minutes before catching fire during a performance in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art, New York on 17 March 1960.

Michael Landy’s comprehensive research and responses to the work, including a new documentary film and a selection of his impressive series of drawings (he has made over 160 in total), are presented alongside photographs, films and relics of the original event.