Jean Tinguely


Jean Tinguely, ‘Metamechanical Sculpture with Tripod’ 1954
Metamechanical Sculpture with Tripod 1954
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In Tate Britain


Jean Tinguely (22 May 1925 – 30 August 1991) was a Swiss 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.

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Film and audio

Lost Art | Jean Tinguely’s Fire at MoMA

This is the story of Jean Tinguely’s burning sculpture

Michael Landy in conversation with Laurence Sillars

Landy discusses his work and comprehensive responses to Tinguely’s constructive and destructive tendencies with Tate Liverpool curator Laurence Sillars.


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