Eva Aeppli

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Eva Aeppli
Born(1925-05-02)2 May 1925
Zofingen, Switzerland
Died4 May 2015(2015-05-04) (aged 90)
Known for
Notable work
in museums:
Spouse(s)Hans Leu
(m. 1946-1949; divorced)
Jean Tinguely
(m. 1951-1960; divorced)
Samuel Mercer
(m. 1962-2013)
Patron(s)Pontus Hultén

Eva Aeppli (2 May 1925 – May 4, 2015) was a Swiss artist.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Zofingen, Aeppli spent her childhood in Basel where she attended the School of Decorative Arts. Her father was Waldorf educator and child development author, Willi Aeppli, who worked with Rudolf Steiner.[1]

She moved to France in 1952 with her second husband, the sculptor Jean Tinguely.[2] Subsequently she began her artistic career as a painter in Paris. From 1954 to 1960 Aeppli and Tinguely shared a living and working space, at the Impasse Ronsin, opposite Constantin Brancusi's which had been there since 1916.[3] They belonged to the Parisian avantgarde with other artists Daniel Spoerri, Yves Klein and Niki de Saint-Phalle. Eva Aeppli became interested in sculpting figurines in textile and in bronze.[4]

In 1975, she discovered astrology thanks to Jacques Berthon and the painter Eric Leraille. Fifteen years later, she decided to combat poverty, oppression and ignorance by creating the Myrrahkir Foundation. Aeppli lived until the age of 90 and died in Normandy, France.[5][6]

Aeppli’s first child, with architect Hans Leu, was artist Felix Leu (1945).[7] Her grandchildren are therapist Jane Leu Rekas, tattoo artist and artist Filip Leu, former model Ama Leu, artist Aia Leu and musician Ajja Leu.[8] Aeppli's daughter with Jean Tinguely is painter Miriam Tinguely.[9]


  1. ^ Rekas, Jane Leu, "My Janeaology" http://myjaneaology.blogspot.com/2010/06/ggp-aeppli.html
  2. ^ Ravo, Nick (September 1, 1991) Jean Tinguely, Playful Sculptor of Scrap Contraptions, Dies at 66. The New York Times.
  3. ^ Nicole Schweizer 'An Encounter with Eva Aeppli's Works : An Inscription in (Art)History' vol.7 Jan 2001 n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal pp.53-63
  4. ^ Chauvy, Laurence (January 26, 2006) Eva Aeppli, livres de vie et danse des morts. SWI SwissInfo.
  5. ^ Chauvy, Lawrence (May 5, 2015) Eva Aeppli rejoint Jean Tinguely Le Temps.
  6. ^ (May 4, 2015) Figure artistique, la Suissesse Eva Aeppli est décédée 24 Heures.
  7. ^ Rekas, Jane Leu, "My Janealogy blog", http://myjaneaology.blogspot.com/search/label/my%20father
  8. ^ Leu, Aia. The Art of the Leu Family, SeedPress, 2012, ISBN 978-0-9551109-2-4. (p. 10)
  9. ^ Eichenberger, Isabelle (February 6, 2012) Miriam Tinguely, artiste qui a su se faire un prénom. SWI SwissInfo.

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