Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana is a survey of over 150 artworks spanning the 40-year career of this Swiss kinetic artist and his contemporaries. The checklist includes 90 artworks, 59 pieces of ephemera, and three films.
Starting in the mid-20th-century, Swiss native Jean Tinguely cobbled art together with a tinker’s touch. The son of a factory mechanic, Tinguely first started making art as a child, wandering the woods outside his home in Basel, mounting small water wheels in the creeks to create sound sculptures. He made art out of what he knew and what surrounded him, the natural movement found in the world with the industrial materials lying around his house.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has three major sculptures by Tinguely in the collection, as well as numerous prints and drawings illustrating Tinguely’s process. The Bechtler also benefits by its proximity to Tinguely’s last major commission, Cascade, located in the Carillon building on Trade and Church in uptown Charlotte.