That destruction can be art is a commonplace since Aristotle. For he proves the mimetic principle as a fundamental form of learning with the pleasure we have in seeing an image of a dead body. Quinceys “Murder considered as a fine art” destruction as art as does Bretons second manifesto of surrealism, where he indicates the simplest surrealistic action consists in going on the street and shooting blindly in the crowd. In the 20th century Art, destruction becomes with Gustav Metzger a destruction against art itself and with Chris Burden a destruction against the artist. The impetus for this exhibition is Tinguelys self-destroying machine “Hommage to New York”. In this work Mechanization as a whole, is an image of death and at the same time the overcoming of it. But at last the machine did not destroy itself entirely the 17 of march 1960 behind the MOMA. At the Tinguely Museum in Basel Under Destruction shows artworks dealing with the theme of destruction in a contemporary approach from the 1990 onwards. It is remarkable how many artists in this exhibition want to destroy the museum like Liz Larners in “Corner basher”.