Scrap becomes art
The museum, directly on the Rhine, houses the largest collection of works by Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), one of the most innovative and important Swiss artists of the 20th century. The building was designed by famed Ticino architect Mario Botta.
The permanent exhibition presents a cross-section spanning four decades. With his kinetic works of art, Jean Tinguely is one of the pioneers of art after 1950. A selection from the large collection is permanently on display: from the early, filigree reliefs to the monumental machine sculptures of the 1980s.
Based on Tinguely's ideas, the museum's temporary exhibitions illuminate a broad spectrum of 20th and 21st century artists - from role models such as Marcel Duchamp and Kurt Schwitters to contemporaries such as Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle and Yves Klein to current themes and trends.
The varied programme of events with guided tours and workshops for all age groups, concerts and artistic interventions offers the opportunity to experience the house in a variety of ways. The museum is also suitable for families with children (free admission for children up to the age of 16 if accompanied by an adult). Thanks to the children's club, public guided tours and gastronomic offers, it will be a creative place of discovery for young and old alike.
The building in which the Museum Tinguely is housed is a work of art in itself. And after the museum visit, the historic Solitude Park with its old trees, the Rhine promenade and the bistro "Chez Jeannot" invite you to relax, stroll and enjoy.
From Basel SBB take tram no. 2 to Wettsteinplatz, change to bus no. 31 or 38 to "Museum Tinguely" stop, or from Wettsteinplatz walk along the banks of the Rhine (up the Rhine) to Solitude Park and the museum. Motorway exit "Basel Wettstein/Ost", parking spaces directly under the bridge or in the Bad multi-storey car park. Train station.
View from the "Pfalz" terrace of Basel Cathedral to the Rhine Arch.