Jean Tinguely


I went to the Tate, Liverpool today and saw Michael Landy’s co-curated exhibition Joyous Machines: Michael Landy and Jean Tinguely. Landy pays homage to his predecessor, presenting some of Tinguely’s earliest and most radical works. The pieces explore notions of movement, space, environment, chance and time, in the form of  paintings, sketches, and intricately crafted sculptures. Tinguely’s sculptures incorporate junk metal and other found  or unwanted objects. These disparate pieces are forged together; rehashed into new and (by all intents and purposes), ‘useless’ objects. The collection of works are thought provoking and perhaps, suggestive of the advent and rapid growth of industrialisation; of the increasing role of mechanical machinery; the development of the mass consumerist market, and the subsequent influx of technology and new media, versus theedecrease in manual skills, labour and craft. These pieces are suggestive of the link between capitalist society; our fixation with mass consumption and our eventual [and often, premature], disregard for commodities.

For more information, have a look at this brilliant, Liverpool based blog:


~ by artmalikwolf on October 2, 2009.

3 Responses to “Jean Tinguely”

  1. Really must get over to see this asap!

  2. You must! It’s fantastic and awe inspiring stuff!

  3. also on facebook


    Huge fan of Jean Tinguely. I have the book META a prized book!

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