Jean Tinguely’s sculptures invariably have an acoustic dimension that the artist deliberately calibrated and composed as an integral part of the work. This musical aspect reached its apogee in the four “Méta-Harmonies” created between 1978 and 1985. The exhibition “Music Machines / Machine Music” will give visitors their first ever opportunity to experience all four of these monumental sound sculptures from Karuizawa (Japan), Vienna and Basel live and in dialogue with each other under one roof. The “Méta-Harmonies” will also set the stage for performances by contemporary artists who experiment with the acoustic dimension. The interdisciplinary programme of concerts, artistic interventions, workshops and events that the Museum Tinguely will be hosting between 19 October 2016 and 22 January 2017 will enable visitors to turn their visit to the museum into a multi-sensory experience in several ways at once. The series is to kick off with an installation especially for the show by the Swiss artist Zimoun, creator of the 11-metre-long, minimalist-looking, filigree wall installation “275 prepared dc-motors, filler wire 1.0mm”, 2009/2010. Among the other Tinguely’s Méta-Harmonies‘ Guests will be Julian Sartorius, the Basel ensemble Phoenix, Barry Altschul 3dom Factor, the Museum for Music Automatons, Ensemble ö!, Bianca Hildenbrand, Eliza Coolidge and Timothy Severo, Thom Luz and others.
Tinguely Jean: Music Machines / Machine Music, 19 Oct 2016 — 22 Jan 2017