The Swiss painter, sculptor and object artist Jean Tinguely, born in Fribourg im Uechtland, became renowned as one of the main representatives of kinetic art. He designed movable machine sculptures, which were built from scrap iron, and created mechanic painting machines. The new aesthetic experience involving squeaking and rattling noises leads to jovial marvel or seduces the beholders to play with the painting machines. Jean Tinguely married the French painter and plastic artist Niki de Saint Phalle, with whom he worked together in Paris and who, like himself, became a member of the group of artists called “Nouveau Réalisme”. His machine sculptures can be found in many public places and renowned collections the world over. He received the art award of the city of Basel and the Tinguely museum in Basel exhibits his comprehensive works.
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