About the institution
Experiencing art - Moving art appealing to all your senses.
Liveliness, laughter and the pleasure of discovery. A museum that sets the senses in motion and where the art comes to the viewer.
With his kinetic artworks, Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) was a pioneering figure in the art of the period after 1950. Museum Tinguely, designed by Mario Botta, is located directly at the Rhine and presents the world's largest collection of his work, of which a selection is on permanent display, from the delicate early reliefs to the monumental machine sculptures of the 1980s.
Museum Tinguely shows a varied temporary exhibition programme that seeks dialogue with other artists, art forms and disciplines, promising an interactive museum experience for all of the senses.
A diverse programme of events - with guided tours and workshops for all age groups, concerts, artistic interventions and interdisciplinary cooperations - allows visitors to experience the museum's collection and exhibitions in a wide range of ways.
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 31/36/38/42 > Tinguely-Museum
Museums-Pass Free admission
Swiss Museum Pass Free admission
colourkey Free admission
Tue - Sun 11 - 18 h
Special opening hours
24.12.2018: 11 - 15 h
26.12.2018: 11 - 18 h
31.12.2018: 11 - 16 h
01.01.2019: 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