The Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991) is known for his playful, tough machine art and explosive performances. This experimental artist brought the art literally in motion and called himself “sculptor of useless machines”. Precisely twenty-five years after his death, the Stedelijk opens a Tinguely retrospective: the largest-ever exhibition of the artist to be mounted in a Dutch museum.

To restore the ingenious and often complex machines is not easy. To get the artwork working again as the artist had intended, is an interesting challenge because of the runout of the material. In this video Head of Collections, Bart Rutten discusses the complex restoration process of the Tinguely’s and the dilemmas associated with it.

Production: Xena Maria Evers & Stefanie Metsemakers
Interview & research: Xena Maria Evers & Saskia du Bois
Camera: Marc Slings & Xena Maria Evers Sound: Jaap Sijben
Editing: Erik Post & Xena Maria Evers