Victor Vasarely

 

On Saturday 24 June 2017, 18:00, we will open a Victor Vasarely exhibition - our most significant exhibition project of the season. Dedicated to the remarkable work of Victor Vasarely, the exhibition will be unique on several counts. In organizing the event the Czech Republic will offer its visitors the first opportunity of seeing Vasarely's works lent by three major institutions: (1) Fondation Vasarely at Aix-en-Provence (France); (2) Vasarely Museum based in his hometown of Pécs - (both founded by Vasarely himself); and (3) Olomouc Museum of Art, a partner of Fondation Vasarely and an institution in possession of the largest convolute (i.e. volume) of works by this exceptional painter now available in the Czech Republic.

While preparing the exhibition and choosing the works to be exhibited, Dr. Gina Renotière, the project's curator and the head of the Contemporary  Art Dept. of the Olomouc Museum, cooperated closely with Mr. Pierre Vasarely, the president of the Fondation Vasarely, Chevalier des arts et lettres (who himself will open the exhibition) and with Mr. József Sárkány, the director of the Pécs Vasarely Museum. The event will be held under the auspices of both French and Hungarian embassies in CR, whose representatives will attend the vernissage and deliver speeches.

We will be  greatly honored by your presence at this landmark cultural event of the current year held in the Czech Republic.

 

The vernissage will start at 18:00, Saturday 24 June, 2017

The exhibition will be opened from 25 June to 1 October, 2017, daily between 9:00 and 18:00.

Where: the Western Hall of the AJG Castle Riding School, 373 41 Hluboká nad Vltavou 144

 

Use this map to find the venue:https://mapy.cz/s/1G7WO

 

 

Information on the exhibition

Vasarely (born April 9, 1906, Pécs, Hungary, died March 15, 1997, Annet-sur-Marne, France) is a world-renowned Hungaro-French painter, draftsman, graphic artist, sculptor and the author of numerous works of applied art and architectural designs. He is regarded as a father of op-art, one of the major branches of art emerging between late 1950s and the mid-1960s.

Vasarely spent a part of his childhood in Piešťany and Budapest where he started studying medicine in 1925, but chose to quit the study in 1927 to pursue the fine arts. The year of 1928 saw him studying at a graphics school of Sándor Bortnyik dubbed also the "Budapest Bauhaus". While at the school, Vasarely focused primarily on graphic design and typography. In 1930 he moved to Paris. Eight years later he created his Zebra, a painting that prefigured his later work, but his style of painting was not finalized before 1947. In 1954 Vasarely put forth his celebrated Yellow Manifesto where he advocated the role of optical illusion in art. His later works which he began to call plastique cinétique (or visual kinetics) were affected by postulates introduced in the Manifesto. In 1959 Vasarely claimed a patent protection for his unités plastique, an artistic technique based on specific processing of exactly defined geometric forms. Applying this method, he commenced to produce series art in a multitude of different varieties. In 1965 Vasarely was proclaimed as the "father of op-art" at an exhibition held in the New York Museum of Modern Art. His works can be found in the greatest world galleries and museums.

 

The Victor Vasarely exhibition to be hosted by the Aleš South Bohemian Gallery at Hluboká nad Vltavou in summer 2017 will offer not only his works now in the possession of the Olomouc Art Museum but also those kept in the Fondation Vasarely at Aix-en-Provence (France) and the Vasarely Museum in his native Pécs (Hungary).