Museums, Art and design
Ben hangs his spleen in Basel
Ben hangs his spleen in Basel

"Is everything art" asks Ben, aka Ben Vautier

The French 'enfant terrible' whose cryptic messages, often with his first name Ben, adorn socks, tea cloths, ties, as well as paintings in some of the most prestigious art collections in the world, comes to Basel with his hallmark irreverence and sense of fun.

Museum Tinguely dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to the artist, performer, organizer, and inventor Ben Vautier, who celebrates his eightieth birthday this year. He and Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely were kindred spirits, one with words, the other with cogs, wheels and feathers.