Jean Tinguely, Hauser & Wirth, Frieze Masters, London

Jean Tinguely, Hauser & Wirth, Frieze Masters, London

Frieze Masters, 15-19 October, opens this week with a dynamic selection of galleries representing some inspirational names of the art world. As part of the annual art fair, Hauser & Wirth is celebrating the work of Jean Tinguely. Known for his kinetic and mechanically animated sculptures that explore the aesthetics of movement, Tinguely’s sculptural machines were built from found or familiar objects and rudimentary parts.

In this solo presentation, the gallery is showing works from the 1950s and early 1960s, including the tribal kinetic sculpture Baluba No. 5 (1961) and the rarely shown Métamatic (1959-1960). The exhibition is also a great opportunity to see La Tour (Berner Zytglogge) (1960), another of the artist’s famous drawing machines and a major early masterpiece, where scrap wheels make reference to a clockface and its mechanics mimic the jerky functionality of a rattling working time-keeper. This major piece has not been publically exhibited for 16 years and represents Tinguely at the height of his compositional powers.

Jean Tinguely, Hauser & Wirth, 15-19 October, Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park, London

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1. Jean Tinguely, La Tour (Berner Zytglogge) (1960). Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth 2014.