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Museum Tinguely

Len Lye

Today: Closed

23 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

Len Lye (1901–1980), a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 1930s to 1950s. In later years, he created a fascinating body of work embracing all artistic disciplines large parts of which – including his kinetic sculptures – have yet to be discovered. The exhibition will showcase the work of Len Lye in all its variety and breadth, paying special attention to the relationships between the different media that he set in motion.

Len Lye: Rainbow Dance (1936), Filmstill, © Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and the British Postal Museum and Archive

Museum Tinguely

Opening Hours

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Easter 2020

10 April 2020: Closed

11 April 2020: Closed

12 April 2020: Closed

13 April 2020: Closed

May Day 2020

01 May 2020: 11.00 AM - 6.00 PM


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.


Adults: CHF 18.-
Students, disabled persons: CHF 12.-
Groups (more than 12 persons): CHF 12.-
Children under 16 years and (accompanied by an adult person) free
School classes: free, registration compulsory

50% discount on museums admission with the BaselCard

Swiss Museum Pass Free admission

Museums-PASS-Musées Free admission


SBB (Central Railway Station): Tram no. 2 to «Wettsteinplatz», switch to Bus no. 31 or 38 to «Tinguely Museum»

Badischer Bahnhof: Bus no. 36

By car: Highway exit «Basel Wettstein/Ost», parking directly under the bridge or at car park Badischer Bahnhof

Disabled parking at the Museum entrance at Grenzacherstrasse. Wheelchair access to all exhibition spaces (wheelchairs available).


The museum is accessible for visitors impairments. Guide dogs are allowed.

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Permanent collections Jean Tinguely

Permanent exhibition

The Museum's permanent collections present a selection of the Jean Tinguely's machine-sculptures, reliefs and drawings from all the periods of his career. Further, a great number of drawings and letter-drawings, documents, exhibition posters, catalogues and documentation as ...
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The Luminator at the Euroairport

from 30 March 2019

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 ...
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Amuse-bouche. Der Geschmack der Kunst

19 February 2020 - 17 May 2020

Schmeckt Kunst süss, sauer, bitter, salzig oder gar umami? Welche Rolle spielt unser Geschmacksinn im sozialen Miteinander und als künstlerisches Material? Das Museum Tinguely setzt die Reihe zu den menschlichen Sinnen in den Künsten fort und zeigt in einer Gruppenausstellung ...
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Pedro Reyes. Return to Sender

15 April 2020 - 25 October 2020

Pedro Reyes (*1972, Mexiko-Stadt) verwendet das Medium Skulptur in Projekten, die häufig eine soziale Dimension entfalten. Dabei spielen Partizipationsprozesse ebenso eine Rolle wie die Aufforderung zum kollektiven und individuellen Handeln. Schon in früheren Arbeiten hat er ...
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