The Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) is known for his machine art and explosive performances. Everything had to be different, everything had to move. Precisely 25 years after his death the Stedelijk presents the retrospective Machine Spectacle: the largest-ever Tinguely exhibition in the Netherlands.
In the fifties, Tinguely had a major role in the development of kinetic art. This retrospective shows over a hundred machine sculptures, most of which are in working order, films, photographs, drawings and archive materials.
In a chronological and thematic tour, Tinguely’s artistic development and motives are visualized; from his love of absurd play to his fascination for destruction and ephemerality.