1925–1991, Switzerland/Germany

Birth 1925, 22/5, Switzerland
Died 1991, 30/8, Germany

Swiss sculptor. He began experimenting with mechanical sculptures in the late 1930s, hanging objects from the ceiling and using a motor to make them rotate. After World War II he began painting in a Surrealist manner, but he soon abandoned painting to concentrate on sculpture.

In 1960 Tinguely\\\'s friendship with Arman, César, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein and other artists, and the art critic Pierre Restany (b 1930), led to the founding of Nouveau Réalisme, which aimed at a reassessment of artistic form and material.

In the mid 1960s Tinguely produced his first monumental works for an urban setting. Welded together from scrap metal, they seem like monuments to the decline of the 19th-century cult of steam. In 1970, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of Nouveau Réalisme, he built a gigantic phallus (h. 8 m), which he exploded outside Milan Cathedral.

In the 1970s Tinguely began designing a number of fountains, but in the late 1970s his work took a new direction. In gigantic reliefs, links with traditional image-forms appear.

Tinguely owed much of his great popularity to the wit, charm, irony and sincerity of his objects. Sometimes the working of the parts and thus of the machines was quite unpredictable, resulting in a bewildering abundance of processes. They are like caricatures of the utilitarian, mechanical world, embodying Tinguely\\\'s critical posture towards technological optimism and his divergence from the Italian Futurists\\\' belief that movement imbued with technology represented the most important objective of modern art.

Méta, Bok Med Text Av Pontus Hultén, Omslag Och Illustationer Av Jean Tinguely, Teckning

Méta, Bok Med Text Av Pontus Hultén, Omslag Och Illustationer Av Jean Tinguely, Teckning "meta-matic No 8" (1972)

Price SEK 5,400 (€585)
Estimated SEK 4,000
Red One (meta-harmonie En Orange) by Jean TINGUELY

Red One (meta-harmonie En Orange) (1989)

Price EUR 3,000
Estimated EUR 3,000–6,000
Pour Roger by Jean TINGUELY

Pour Roger (1961)

Price SEK 30,000 (€3,267)
Estimated SEK 10,000–12,000
Constante by Jean TINGUELY


Price EUR 5,500
Pandamonium by Jean TINGUELY

Pandamonium (-82)

Price EUR 0 Not sold
Estimated EUR 13,000–15,000
Metamatic 17 by Jean TINGUELY

Metamatic 17 (1982)

Price SEK 0 (€0) Not sold
Estimated SEK 30,000–40,000
Bok, Innehållande 1 Grammofonskiva Samt 1 Teckning by Jean TINGUELY

Bok, Innehållande 1 Grammofonskiva Samt 1 Teckning (1972)

Price SEK 4,500 (€430)
Estimated SEK 5,000–6,000
Composition by Jean TINGUELY


Price SEK 5,000 (€465)
Estimated SEK 5,000–6,000
Relief Point Rouge by Jean TINGUELY

Relief Point Rouge (1955)

Price SEK 3,800,000 (€347,031)
Estimated SEK 1,200,000–1,500,000
Untitled by Jean TINGUELY

Untitled (1971)

Price SEK 170,000 (€15,525)
Estimated SEK 15,000–20,000
Assiette - Ligne En Translations by Jean TINGUELY

Assiette - Ligne En Translations (1958)

Price SEK 700,000 (€63,926)
Estimated SEK 150,000–200,000
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