Sat 3 October 2009, The Guardian

Exhibition preview: Joyous Machines, Liverpool

By Robert Clark
On 17 March 1960 in the Sculpture Garden of New York's Museum of Modern Art, Jean Tinguely's Homage To New York, a 27ft-high "auto-destructive" mechanical sculpture assembled from junk, came to convulsive life for just 27 minutes before catching fire. Some 40 years later in London the artist Michael Landy, inspired partly by Tinguely's roguish spirit, created Break Down, an installation cataloguing the systematic destruction of his personal possessions, ranging from birth certificate to car. This exhibition, co-curated by Landy, tells the tale of the build up to Tinguely's sculptural commotion through film, photos, relics and a selection from Landy's obsessive 160 drawings of the event.
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