by Thomas Thümena, Svizzera 2010, 89'
SCRITTO E DIRETTO DA: Thomas Thümena   MUSICA: Stefan Rusconi, Roland Widmer
FOTOGRAFIA: Felix von Muralt   VOICEOVER: Marco Caduff
SUONO: Jean-Pierre Gerth, Stefan Willenegger, Roland Widmer, Etienne Curchod   PRODUTTORI: Christian Davi,
Thomas Thümena, Christof Neracker
MONTAGGIO: Myriam Flury   PRODUZIONE: Hugofilm Productions GmbH, Christian Davi, Thomas Thümena

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at The Screen of the Arts 2011

Loaded with vitality and joy, but also touching and melancholy, the film recounts the personality, art, and loves of Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely, 20 years after his death. An ingenious and poetic creator, as anarchistic in his work as in his private life, the “King of the Swiss”, as Niki de Saint Phalle ironically nicknamed him, became known within the context of post-WW2 artistic avant-gardes as a protagonist of the French Nouveau Réalisme movement. Tinguely reached international fame in the early 60s with works such as Homage to New York, which self-destructed in MoMA’s garden in a desecrating mechanical performance. Interweaving stories from friends and historic collaborators, from Daniel Spoerri to Seppi Imhof, with rare footage and archival photographs, Thümena traces in parallel the artist’s biography and career, from his beginnings to his long and explosive association with Niki de Saint Phalle, his companion in life and work, who appears at his side during the creation of many works, including Etude pour une fin du monde n. 2, executed in the Nevada desert in 1962, and Le Cyclope, begun in 1969 in the French forest of Milly and completed after the artist’s death.

Thomas Thumena
Born in 1967 in Zurich. 1988: Receives degree from the Center for the Media Arts, New York. 1988-90: Studies Ethnology and Media Studies at the University of Zurich. 1997: Receives degree in directing from the ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). Since 1999, co-owner of Hugofilm GmbH, Zurich. Works as filmmaker and producer.

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