Museum Tinguely

Museum Tinguely, viewed from the south. © 2022 Museum Tinguely Basel. Photo: Daniel Spehr.

Paul Sacher-Anlage 1
CH-4002 Basel
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Thursday 11am–9pm

This museum is different: discovery, laughter, and amazement all rolled into one, a place where the senses are set in motion and art comes to the viewer. An open house for all, it offers an interactive museum experience and stimulates children, grown-ups, and art experts alike to contemplate human creativity.

Designed by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, Museum Tinguely on the banks of the Rhine houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925–1991), one of the great pioneers of post-1950 art. It opened in 1996 and since then has offered a programme that is open-ended, experimental, and rooted in real life. Every year it stages five or six exhibitions inspired by the conceptual world of Jean Tinguely in which an array of artists and subjects are introduced. These include artists whom Tinguely looked up to, such as Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters and coevals such as Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Yves Klein, as well as contemporary art and dialogues with the other arts and sciences.

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