Victor Vasarely had been a “strong force in 20th century art” as Jozsef Sarkany, head-curator of the Vasarely Museum in Pécs / Hunagry states. For sure, his optical art had been one of the most unique art styles of his time. The authenticity in his compositions is only comparable with Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso or Joan Miro. The exhibition in Kunsthaus 7 B shows 55 works from the heritage of Vasarely, out of the portfolio of the Vasarely Museum in Pécs. There are silkprints, collages and painting on plexiglas.
The exhibition is divided in the three main sectors of his work, the cybernetic art, mainly in black and white. The famous “Zebra” is one of the best known examples. Observers in front of the works can’t answer the question, if it is white, printed on black paper or black printed on white paper. In the second part are the more colorful abstract works, in the third part the geometric art with strong colors and just the three elements of circles, triangles and squares. Here he combines the fascination of the colors and the exact calculated compositions. Vasarely is playing with our perception, but always based on the structured rules of mathematics. The composition-system is based on exact calculations, like before him only Leonardo da Vinci or Albrecht Dürer did. The architect Vasarely is mainly influenced by Bauhaus and artists like Gropius and Paul Klee.
Victor Vasarely had been fascinated by science. He first studied medicine, but all his life he enjoyed physics. The dialogue between the atom and the holistic system had been for him the inspiration for painting. For the master an abstract painter “is not introverted because he wishes to cut himself off from the world, but because he sees himself as being a part of the whole. Thus he attempts to . . . create works which do not copy nature, but which are nature in themselves” (Victor Vasarely, 1955).
Between 11th June and 1st September 2017 we show 55 graphic works of the Vasarely heritage from the museum in Pecs (Hungary).
Exhibition curators are Jozsef Sarkany and Oana Ionel
The organizers are thanking
OTP banc Bucharest