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Basic Data

Victor Vasarely is one of the most important painters and theorists of the last century regarding to art history. His artistic career began with this training at the private drawing school Podolini-Volkmann-Academy in Budapest in 1927. In the following year, he changed to Mühely school for graphics that followed the Bauhaus-tradition. In 1930, he relocated to Paris, where he successfully worked as a commercial artist. There, he began deal with pictorial means like geometry, abstraction, rhythm, movement, and space.

  • Born: 9 April 1906
  • Place of birth: Pécs, Hungary
  • Died on: 15 March 1997
  • Nationality: French with Hungarian descent
  • Studied at: Podolini-Volkmann-Adacemy Budapest, Mühely school for graphic with Bauhaus tradition
  • Teachers: Sándor Bortnyk
  • Similar artists: Josef Albers
  • Era: Contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: Op art

 

Collections

Germany

 

France

 

England

 

Hungary

 

USA

 

Exhibitions

  • 06.02.2019 - 06.05.2019 Vasarely, le partage des formes - Centre Pompidou, Paris.
  • 26.09.2018 - 13.01.2019 Victor Vasarely. Im Labyrinth der Moderne - Städel Museum, Frankfurt/ Main.
  • 07.06.2018 - 09.09.2018 Victor Vasarely. The birth of Op Art - Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
  • 08.10.2014 - 11.01.2015 Victor Vasarely. Optical Paintings - EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo.
  • October 2009 - February 2010 Victor Vasarely + 50 Jahre konstruktive Kunst in Paris - Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl.

 

Awards

  • 1970: French Chevalier de L'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur, Paris.
  • 1966: Golden Medal, Second International Congress on Empirical Aesthetics, Rimini.
  • 1965: L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Paris.
  • 1965: Golden Medal of the Société d’Encouragement á l’Art et á l’Industrie, Paris.
  • 1964: Guggenheim Prize, NewYork.
  • 1955: Prix de la Critique, Brussels.
  • 1955: Golden Medal, Milan.
  • 1955: International Prize, Venezuela.

 

Literature

  • Victor Vasarely: 1906–1997. Das reine Sehen, Magdalena Holzhey, Cologne 2018.
  • Victor Vasarely: In the Labyrinth of Modernism, Martin Engler (Publ.), Nuremberg 2018.
  • Victor Vasarely. Der Traum vom Raum: Malerei, Marlene Lauter, Cologne 2017.
  • Polychromie und Glück: Die Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence 1973-76, Anneke BokernZurich 2008.
  • Vasarely. Werke aus sechs Jahrzehnten, Manfred de la Motte, Alexander Tolnay, Stuttgart 1986.

 

Own Writings

  • Vasarely, Victor Vasarely, 1978.
  • Plasticité, Victor Vasarely, 1969.

 

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