25 June 2004
Jean Tinguely (1925-1991)
welded iron, painted rubber, nuts, bolts, electric motor, wire and transformer
21 x 44 5/8 x 24½in. (53.3 x 103.3 x 62.2cm.)
Executed in 1963
Minami Gallery, Tokyo.
Teshigara Family Collection, Tokyo.
Sogetsu Art Foundation, Tokyo.
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C. Bischofberger, Jean Tinguely, catalogue raisonné, sculptures et reliefs 1954-1968, vol. I, Zurich 1982, no. 291 (illustrated, p. 204).
Tokyo, Minami Gallery, Hommage aux Bambous, March-April 1963, no. 17.
"Life is movement. Everything transforms itself ceaselessly, and to try and stop it, to try and check life in mid-flight and recapture it in the form of a work of art, a sculpture or a painting, seems to me a mockery of the intensity of life. I want only to involve myself in the moving object that forever transforms itself." (J. Tinguely in: C.Tomkins, The Bride and the Batchelors, Five Masters of the Avant Garde, Middlesex 1968).
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