Jean Tinguely

The Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (Freiburg, Switzerland, 1925 - Bern, 1991) initially dedicated himself to painting before moving on to focus on moving sculptures. At the beginning of the 1950s, he began building a series of sculptures animated with machinery, and – with time – created ever more spectacular and complex works. With Méta-matic n°17, presented at the First Paris Biennale at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1959, he produced thousands of drawings, which he distributed to the public. Jean Tinguely departed from the constructivist language of Russian suprematism and the styles of artists like Kandinsky and Arp, breathing new life into them through the introduction of movement. Movement, for Jean Tinguely, was a true expressive medium, thanks to his intrinsic capacity to continuously develop new compositions, images and solutions.