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ART SEEN - Tinguely & de Saint Phalle: 'Les Affiches'

Mid Morning Mix// ART SEEN // Events// Art & Culture // By Uli Van Neyghem // June 4, 2018

If you are looking for a fun and artful way to spend about an hour in Geneva, look no further...

  • Image: Copywright 2018, Prolitteris, The Niki Charitable Art Foundation, Zurich, Niki de Saint Phalle, Paradiset, 1972, All rights reserved.
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This cultural gem comes to us for free, brought to us by the Service Industriels de Genève, or SIG for short, in their Quartier Libre on Pont de la Machine; the well-known landmark on the foot bridge crossing the Rhone river. Quartier Libre offers free exhibitions all year round, with a programme ranging from environmental or humanitarian to topics of cultural heritage and history.

At present you can discover multicolour and playful posters, designed by one of the most creative couples the artistic world has ever known: famous Swiss sculptor and painter Jean Tinguely and his Franco-American fellow-artist and later wife Niki de Saint Phalle. 

  • Image: © Pierre Vallier SIG
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Tinguely was famous for introducing movement into the Arts (that he considered as too static), by designing kinetic, moving or even self-destroying works. In Jean Tinguely's installations, fountains and machines, the components move, rotate and make noises. Lamps are flashing, water is splashing. They feel like poetry in motion and have a touching and humane aspect. You will find the same humour and irony  in the posters he designed (sometimes transported by the whimsical choice of used media such as fragments of the little umbrellas found on ice-cream creations, to give just one example). With his spontaneous lines, arrows and scribbles even a sense of movement is preserved in these 2-dimensional works that often include sketches or designs for his famous machines or fountains.

Niki de Saint Phalle is known worldwide for her colourful, sometimes giant and opulent female figures, lovingly named 'Nanas', that look a bit like female figures out of Botero paintings crossed with Mirò colours and abstraction. The works of both artists can be found in public places and museums all over the world. 

In the centre of the exhibition are posters that the 2 artists designed together, showing all the harmony, but also the sense of rivalry connecting the couple. Around those centre pieces, the exhibits will be exchanged mid-June, turning the focus from Jean Tinguely to Niki de Saint Phalle. 

  • Image: © Pierre Vallier SIG
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'Les Affiches' includes posters designed for the Montreux Jazz Festival, or famous Swiss circus Knie, sport events and theatre. A large number of the posters advertise exhibitions of the artists themselves (in renowned international museums), showing how even not the slightest detail surrounding their art and the mise en scene of their installations was left to chance. 

The exhibition should not be a replacement to visiting the fabulous Tinguely museum in Basel (where visitors can see, hear and experience the artist's fountains, giant machines and installations literally in action), nor for seeing Saint Phalle's voluptuous 'Nanas' in 3-D, but it is a more than worthwhile glance into the universe of these exceptional artists.
 

  • Image: © Pierre Vallier SIG
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Practical Details 

WHAT:                            Jean Tinguely et Niki de Saint Phalle: 'Les Affiches' 

WHEN :                          Focus on Jean Tinguely now until 17.06.2018
                                       Focus on Niki de Saint Phalle 22.6.18 - 16.9.2018
                                       Mon-Fri 9:00 - 17:00. Sat-Sun 10:00 - 17:00.

WHERE :                       Quartier Libre SIG, Pont de la Machine 1, 1204 Geneva. (www.sig-quartierlibre.ch)

ENTRY FEES :              FREE

  • Uli Van Neyghem outside the Quartier Libre building for the Jean Tinguely & Niki de Saint Phalle 'Les Affiches' exhibition
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  • Image: Copywright 2018, Prolitteris, The Niki Charitable Art Foundation, Zurich, Niki de Saint Phalle, Paradiset, 1972, All rights reserved.

 

Art Seen is sponsored by Africa - the Ecstatic Religions exhibition at MEG - Musée d'ethnographie de Genève. 

 

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