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Jean Tinguely


Through his kinetic sculptures, Jean Tinguely became a major representative of the art of the second half of the twentieth century. His sculpture focused on machines, whose functions and movements were particularly interesting to him, as well as the noises they generated and the poetry that inhabited them. Born in 1925 in Switzerland, he was the only son in his family and dropped out of school at the age of 14. He studied at the School of Applied Arts of Basel from 1940 to 1945 and first personal exhibition took place in 1954. In 1955, he participated in the exhibition ‘The Movement’, along with Agam and Vasarely, devoted to kinetic art.


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