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Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle

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Address: Rue de Morat 2, Fribourg 1700, Switzerland
Phone Number: 41 26 305 51 40
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Jean and Niki in complement

Although the Fribourg museum is much smaller than the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel, it has a subdued cosy atmosphere that befits Jean's weird and wonderful machines and is well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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73 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Although the Fribourg museum is much smaller than the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel, it has a subdued cosy atmosphere that befits Jean's weird and wonderful machines and is well worth a visit. The juxtaposition of his stark and angular mechanical creations with some of the colourful curvaceous (and in many ways equally crazy) art works of his wife Niki... More 

2 Thank 2plus2gva
Genoa, Italy
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559 reviews
285 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I was familiar with Tinguely's work from Basel, where there is a huge museum dedicated to his crazy contraptions. But it was fun to see his work combined with Niki Saint de Phalle's colorful art and to read about their relationship. The museum is playful, fun and just the right size museum to keep your attention. Crazy or Art Geniuses?... More 

1 Thank AnnArborMHT
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84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Well worth a visit. I am certain that visitors will not have seen anything like this before. Fantastic art works from Niki and the weirdest contraptions which look as if they are kept together by pieces of old string but amazingly work put together by Jean.

Thank MKxyz
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Two great artists, with very different languages of expression communicating one idea. Niki de Saint Phalle's works are big, colorful, robust; while Jean Tinguely are thin, rusted, animated. The museum is a fun and magical place where we, the viewer, become part of their mysterious world of machines, poetry, watercolors, and sculptures. This museum is great for children too. A... More 

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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I just didn't get it. A lot of 'stuff' e.g. bike wheels, chairs, chains, toys, etc all made into a machine that shudders, rumbles, whirs and clicks. Sorry it just went over my head....

Thank funnybunnyAberdeen
Espoo, Finland
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69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Boy, did this museum have strange pieces of art. Not many of these odd constructions, but the ones there are, are just strange strange strange. Even children might like this place, as the scultures are animatronic!

Thank gzumba
Oakland, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

If you like the art of Jean Tinguely and/or Niki de Saint Phalle, you should visit this little museum. But make sure to see their works in the town, too!

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

An eccentric collection of wonderful machines. Our French was not up to translating all the labels, but we had great fun watching all the exhibits and working out which bits moved what! If you have mechanically minded youngsters, I cannot imagine what you would have to bribe them to leave!

Thank April B
Staad, Switzerland
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88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Just awesome! So much imagination and great fun for all ages. Tinguelly's mechanican sculptures are fascinating and a delight to watch. Each one is individual and one can spent hours watching them move. Niki de Saint Phalle's work is also fascinating as well as thought-provoking. Highly recommended. We loved it!

Thank zortean
Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

what a surprise....!! it was wonderful and unique...definitively worth a visit to Fribourg. There is a drawing that Niki de Sain Phalle did in 2001 sondemning the use of guns in the USA and the dangers to young people..it should be sent as a gift to President Obama!

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