The Museum Tinguely was inaugurated in 1996 as a gift to the people of Basel and to mark the centenary of Roche’s founding.
Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely’s widow, supported the project by donating over 50 machine-sculptures and a considerable number of drawings and documents from the artist’s estate to a specially established Roche Centenary Foundation. Roche built the museum, contributed works from its own holdings and provided funding for additions to the museum’s collections. The museum’s operating costs and the costs of maintaining the adjacent Solitude Park have been funded entirely and exclusively by Roche since 1996.
Roche sees the museum as a continuation of its longstanding commitment to contemporary music and the arts. Other major Roche-sponsored cultural projects include Roche Commissions and Roche’n’Jazz.