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meta-matic no. 10

Tinguely, Jean

Cologne. Edition Hake. 1965
Jean Tinguely's extraordinary mechanical drawings produced by his constructed machine / sculpture 'meta-matic no. 10'.

From the edition limited to 25 copies with three original drawings produced by 'meta-matic no. 10', each signed, numbered and dated by Tinguely in ink.

Also included, loosely inserted, is the original printed prospectus for the portfolio with Tinguely's diagram of his 'Meta-Matic No. 10', a brief text and the details of the portfolio, as well as the poster for a Tinguely exhibition of Meta-Matic drawings at Burkhard Eikelmann Classics.

A total of 75 drawings were produced by 'Meta-matic no. 10' using colour felt-tip pens (combinations of black, blue, orange, yellow, green and red). These drawings were then divided between 25 portfolios, with each portfolio containing three of the drawings. The drawings in this portfolio are thus numbered from the 75 produced.

'tinguely ist der poet in der arena unserer kinetiker. ein poet der revolution ermöglicht. tinguely ist ein widerstand, eine demonstration dis sich GEGEN DIE GEWALTTÄTIGKEIT unserer fließbänder auflehnt und sich jeder rationellen erpressung zur wehr setzt.' (From the prospectus).
[6 unnumbered leaves]. Square folio. (410 x 410 mm). Leaf with publication details recto, two leaves with printed verse by Max Bense recto and three original signed colour drawings produced by Tinguely's Meta-Matic no.10 machine, each signed, numbered and dated by Tinguely at lower right in black ink. Loose as issued in publisher's black card folder, with printed label pasted to front cover with artist's name.