Modernism + Film: Tinguely

Modernism + Film: Tinguely


MAY 18 AT 6 PM

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Thursday, May 18, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens the film, Tinguely (trailer, 80 minutes) during the museum's Modernism + Film series. 

"Everything moves - there is no standstill!" Jean Tinguely's words weren't even just true for his crazy machines but for his whole life. Twenty years after his death the so-called "bande à Jean" - a circle of friends and acquaintances - remembers the exceptional artist, who didn't just break all boundaries in his work but also in his private life.

Born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1925, Tinguely grew up in Basle. As a grinding poor artist at the beginning of his career, he became part of the artistic avant-garde in Paris, and soon brought some movement into the art scene - in the true sense of the word. At the beginning of the 1960s he shot to fame and eventually became Switzerland's most famous international artist of the 20th century.

From one exploit to another, the film follows Tinguely's exceptional career: from enfant terrible at the beginning to national hero towards the end of his life. First of all though, the fascinating material from various archives and the memories of the bande à Jean allow us to see the human being behind Tinguely. The film offers a sometimes cheerful and sometimes melancholic view, looking back on an exceptional life, but it is also an invitation to face the challenge of each new day again - because there is no such thing as standstill.


An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students (Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim). Buy Tickets online, tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk.

Watch the trailer for Tinguely below:

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