Machine theatre

Positions of figural kinetics since Tinguely

30.09.2001 -

The international character of the exhibition is documented by names such as Rebecca Horn, Bruce Lacey and Jean Tinguely. The relationship between man and machine as a theme of her work has also been taken up by younger artists. In this respect, the range extends from the classic Tinguely (1925-1991) to the youngster Malachi Farrell (* 1970).

Cheerful and funny works stand next to those that seem oppressive. This includes B. "American Waltz" by Rebecca Horn, based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale about the red shoes. Once put on, these shoes, whose fascination a poor girl cannot escape, gain power over their wearer. It begins again and again. Finally, her feet are knocked off with her shoes, and they keep dancing until the girl dies. Jean Tinguely is represented with some works from his Philosophers series, which he created in 1988 on the occasion of a retrospective at the Center Pompidou. These include "Henri Bergson", "Jean-Jaques Rousseau" and "Friedrich Engels". If these objects remain largely silent, the "Astronomical Clock" by Daniel Depoutot creates an impressive background noise, located between the noise of a machine shop, a dance of death and a creative chaos. Visually and acoustically, this creates exciting relationships between the exhibits and the location, a building from the Romanesque period. The exhibition represents a representative cross-section of a field of 20th century art.