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Peut-être No. II (Maybe No. II)

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Tinguely / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Jean Tinguely

Swiss, 1925-1991

Peut-être No. II (Maybe No. II), ca. 1959

metal mobile relief, motorized

overall: 28 x 28 3/4 inches (71.12 x 73.02 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Philip Johnson, 1963

RCA1962:1

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Inscriptions

inscription / back left / >>PEUT-ETRE NO II<<
signature, dated / back right / TINGUELY / 59

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Relief (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Jean Tinguely began his career composing sculptures from found objects. However, intrigued by industrial innovations of the time, he started to experiment with putting these static works into motion and devoted the rest of his practice to this exploration. In 1951, Tinguely moved to Paris, where he enjoyed great success exhibiting with the ZERO group and working with other avant-garde artists, such as Yves Klein. In Maybe No. II, Tinguely combined the chance arrangement of irregularly cut pieces of paper with precision engineering. The work continually rearranges itself slowly and erratically, escaping any fixed configuration and deliberately challenging what the viewer sees.

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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