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Ratatouille
  • Artist Jean Tinguely (Swiss, 1925 - 1991)
  • TitleRatatouille
  • Dating 1965 - 1968
  • Technique/MaterialIron, rubber and electric motor
  • AcquisitionPurchase, 1972
  • CategorySculpture
  • Inventory NumberSk 0522
  • Display StatusOn display in The French Collection I (Room 28)
Description
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Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) is one of sculpture’s most prominent innovators in Nouveau réalisme, known for his kinetic sculptures made from scrap. One such scrap-heap sculpture is to be found in the Gothenburg Museum of Art: Ratatouille (1965/1968), a deliberately wobbly construction of various metal parts. Tinguely’s art is playful, but is intimidating at times—everything always seems to be on the brink of collapse or explosion.

Anna Hyltze from The Collection Gothenburg Museum of Art, Gothenburg 2014