Since 2014, the Venet Foundation has been open to the public during the summer (visits by request only). The Foundation is located next to the village of Le Muy in the Var region of France.
Following the opening last year, the Foundation’s second summer show, this one was devoted to the artist Jean Tinguely and called Tinguely, The final collaboration with Yves Klein.
Two important “machines” are on display at the Foundation, including a major piece on loan from the Tinguely Museum in Basel, The final collaboration with Yves Klein (1988). A film about Jean Tinguely is also screened in a dining room featuring a table, eight chairs and a light fixture, all designed by the artist for the Tinguely Café in Kyoto. This group has been recreated especially for the Venet Foundation.
Bernar Venet and Jean Tinguely often ran into each other in the 1960s (when he arrived in New York in 1966, for example, Venet lived in the New Realist’s former studio) and up until Tinguely’s death in 1991. For Venet, Tinguely’s importance on the art scene, his originality as a sculptor, and his ambition, which pushed his work well beyond traditional approaches, are a source of great admiration.
Image: Jean Tinguely, The last collaboration with Yves Klein, 1988, Scrap iron, synthetic materials, foam, mirrors, wooden wheels, bulbs, electric engines Courtesy Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland © Jean Tinguely