Jean Tinguely, mixed media – 1990
Based on the idea that immobility does not exist, this Swiss sculptor was fascinated by machines. Jean Tinguely reconstructed all kinds of materials into a new whole and was the founder of kinetic Dadaism. With his moving artworks he emphasized the importance of change, but also criticized the industrialization of his society. Under a concert of creaking metals, he mocked the mechanical wear and tear, sometimes even the self-destruction of his creations.
‘La Lituanie’ represents the dark final period of his career. Death has played an important role in Tinguely’s oeuvre since the 1980s, emphasizing the transience of life.
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