46″ x 34″
Born in Fribourg
, Tinguely grew up in Basel
, but moved to France in 1952 with his first wife, Swiss artist Eva Aeppli
to pursue a career in art. He belonged to the Parisian avantgarde in the mid-twentieth century and was one of the artists who signed the New Realist’s
manifesto (Nouveau réalisme
) in 1960.
His best-known work, a self-destroying sculpture titled Homage to New York (1960), only partially self-destructed at theMuseum of Modern Art, New York City, although his later work, Study for an End of the World No. 2 (1962), detonated successfully in front of an audience gathered in the desert outside Las Vegas.
Tinguely married fellow Swiss artist Eva Aeppli in 1951. In 1971, Tinguely married his second wife, Niki de Saint Phalle.
Jean Tinguely died in 1991 at the age of 66 years in the Bern Hospital after a heart illness.