Jean Tinguely  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Jean Tinguely (4 May 1925 in Fribourg, Switzerland - 30 August, 1991 in Bern) was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He is best known for his sculptural machines or kinetic art, in the Dada tradition; known officially as metamechanics.

He grew up in Basel and belonged to the Parisian avantgarde in 1950s and 60s. He signed the manifest of the New Realism movement (Nouveau réalisme) in 1960.

His self-destroying Homage to New York (1960) failed to self-destruct at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; his Study for an End of the World (1961) detonated successfully. Tinguely's art satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society.

In 1971 he married Niki de Saint-Phalle.

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