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Jean Tinguely

Jean Tinguely

Schweiz 2011 - with Jean Tinguely, Daniel Spoerri, Seppi Imhof, Guido Magnaguagno ...

Movie info

Original title:Tinguely
Direction:Thomas Thümena
Cinema release:17.05.2012
Production country:Schweiz 2011
Running time:Ca. 88 min.
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The Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely (1925 - 1991) is undoubtedly one of the most important Swiss artists of the 20th century. As a part of the Parisian avant-garde and one of the most important representatives of kinetic art, the exceptional artist has created enthusiasm especially with his machine-like sculptures. Tinguely avoided stagnation not only in his art, but also in his exciting life, which twenty years after his death is now traced in an interesting and entertaining documentary by Thomas Thümena. Some of Tinguely's friends and contemporaries, who remember the life and work of the unconventional man, have their say. From his beginnings to his first marriage to Eva Aeppli, his rise to the art scene, his second marriage to the artist Niki de Saint Phalle, to his great successes, the film traces a rather chronological and comprehensive picture of Tinguely, which is never too dry or objective, but always very engaging and exciting.

This is also due to the fact that Thümena had a lot of archive material available, which sometimes offers an almost intimate insight into the artist's working methods. For example, there are old home video footage of the first construction phase of the sculpture "The Cyclops", which is composed of scrap parts and sheet metal. Tinguely began building the sculpture in 1969 and it was not completed until 1991. These images, together with the interviews, make it clear even to those viewers who have not yet dealt with Jean Tinguely and his works, how this artist worked and what significance he had and still has for the art world. It is the home video footage, photos and old interviews with Tinguely that make his works so tangible that the viewer's interest is maintained to the end.

"Jean Tinguely" is an entertaining artist's biography, which at the same time shows very vividly how a person's life is reflected in his art, how closely he and the artist Jean Tinguely were connected. Art lovers and anyone who is interested in portraits of interesting people are well advised to visit this documentation. Worth seeing

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