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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. Jean Tinguely - Machine Spectacle, 1 Oct 2016 - 5 Mar 2017, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Production: Xena Maria Evers & Stefanie Metsemakers Interview & research: Xena Maria Evers & Saskia Dubois Camera: Marc Slings & Xena Maria Evers Sound: Jaap Sijben Editing: Erik Post & Xena Maria Evers Translation: Eric Brevink


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