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Homage to New York

Jean-Tinguely-Homage-to-New-York-1960.jpIn 1960, German-born art historian Peter Selz, then chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, invited Swiss artist Jean Tinguely to construct Homage to New York, a mechanical work of art that self-destructed in the museum’s sculpture garden on March 17, 1960.  Swedish engineer Billy Klüver, a laser researcher at Bell Labs in nearby Murray Hill, New Jersey, collaborated with Tinguely on the technical aspects of the work, and American artist Robert Rauschenberg contributed an artistic component to it – a money-throwing machine – as well.

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