Victor Vasarely

Biography

Artwork

" From this research, he has launched a research of different optical patterns with a kinetic effect, creating grids in which he organizes geometric shapes in bright colors so that the eye perceives a fluctuant movement. "

Biography

Research

The research by Vasarely was a coherent and compelling path around the problem of perception and visual composition of the image. Working carefully with color, geometries, construction of the surface, Vasarely has radically marked the path of programmed and kinetic arts, opening a great reflection about the Optical art. In 1947 Vasarely has demonstrated that the geometric shapes evoke a sensory perception that transmits new ideas of space, matter and energy. From this research, he has launched a research of different optical patterns with a kinetic effect, creating grids in which he organizes geometric shapes in bright colors so that the eye perceives a fluctuant movement. Considered one of the spiritual fathers of many artists and groups of artists active in the 60s, Vasarely has inherited the languages of the Bauhaus and of researches abstract-geometric at the beginning of the century, to turn them into a modern look that recognizes the power of art as a means to improve the space and the environment, time and human life, stimulating research in the public sphere, design and architecture, but also looking positively to the collaboration between art and technology.

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Victor Vasarely was born in Pécs, Hungary on 9 April 1908. In 1927 he began his artistic training at a private drawing school in Budapest. After moving to Paris in 1930 Vasarely was successful as a graphic designer and systematically explored the optical and emotional scope of the different graphic techniques. The decoration of Caracas University in 1954 was the beginning of Vasarely's active support of art in public spaces. He designed murals of metal and ceramic, mainly for buildings in France. He exhibited works regularly at the documenta in Kassel between 1955 and 1968. The official spiral-shaped logo of the 20th Olympic Games in Munich was designed by Vasarely. In 1976 the artist founded the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence which supported the creation of an institute for contemporary design and architecture in 1981. The Vasarely Museum in the artist's birth-town Pécs was opened in 1976, followed by the opening of a second museum in Zichy Palace in Budapest in 1987. Hundreds were exhibitions and international projects of one of the fathers of the Optical Art who died in Paris on 15 March 1997.

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