My first impression of Jean’s work was at the Pompidou Paris back in the early nineties, just after he died. The mobiles in the water features of the forecourt together with his major exhibition at the time, featured light play on his incredible creations, with dancing shadows and a curiously clever drawing machine. No amount of writing about his work does justice to his art. Alexander Calder would have been very impressed with the way in which Tinguely has taken mobiles to the next level. A study of Jean’s work is also a study about the wonderful collaboration between the Jekyll and Hyde of the modern art world, with his lifetime partner, Niki who was a constant inspiration for his art.
Image: courtesy Vera Mertz-Mercer