In the Monastery Church from 3.11.2006 to 29.4.2007

Tinguely’s Totentanz (Dance of the Dead) is one of his most important late work cycles. It has its roots in a horrifying experience he had on the night of 26 August 1985, when he witnessed a fire on the neighbouring farm in Neyruz. Gripped by an obsessive zeal for work, the artist used the remains and carbonised metal parts to build a group of small machine sculptures and then a demonic winged creature as a high altar crowned by a huge hippopotamus skull, a gift from his artist-friend Bernhard Luginbühl. After many years in the frequently visited rooms of the Tinguely Museum, Totentanz made a ghostly guest appearance in the peaceful Schoenthal valley.

→ See the work as part of the collection of Museum Tinguely