About the institution
Situated directly on the Rhine, the Museum Tinguely, built after plans by the Ticinese architect Mario Botta, houses the greatest collection of works by Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), one of the most innovative and important Swiss artists of the 20th century.
The permanent exhibition presents an overview of four decades of his creative activity. Regular special exhibitions showcase a broad spectrum of artists and themes of the 20th and 21st century based on Tinguely's ideas.
The Luminator at the Euroairport
Jean Tinguely's Luminator was designed in 1991 for the Kulturgüterzug Kulturgüterzug ("train of cultural goods”), an exhibition organized by Klaus Littmann at Messe Basel in June of that year. For the exhibition artists such as Daniel Spoerri, Bernhard Luginbühl and Eva Aeppli each designed a goods wagon. After the exhibition the sculpture was bought by the Swiss Bank Coperation. Following Tinguely's death on 30 August 1991 and in accordance with his own express wish and proposal, the Luminator was installed in the entrance hall of the Swiss Railway station in Basel, where it greeted visitors to the city for many years. In 2005 it was donated by the UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland with which the SBC had merged) to Museum Tinguely. It now stands at the Euroairport, thus fulfilling Tinguely's intention that it should enjoy the greatest possible degree of public exposure.
Paul Sacher-Anlage 1 | 4002 Basel
T +41 (0)61 681 93 20 | Fax +41 (0)61 681 93 21
bus 31/36/38 > Tinguely-Museum
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Tue - Sun 11 - 18 h
Museum Tinguely with Schwimmwasserplastik by Jean Tinguely in the Solitude Park (view from the west) © Photo: 2015, Museum Tinguely Basel, Serge Hasenböhler