Victor Vasarely

(French/Hungarian, 1906–1997)

yabla 1956/1976 by victor vasarely

Victor Vasarely

Yabla 1956/1976

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Born April 9 in Pécs, Hungary
1927 - 1929
Studies art at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy in Budapest.
Began artistic training at private drawing school in Budapest.
Joins the training center 'Mühely' (German 'workshop') which was run by Sándor Bortnyik and taught the ideas of the Bauhaus
Enrols at Alexander Bortnyik’s Mühely Academy, widely recognised as the centre of Bauhaus studies in Budapest.
1930 - 1934
Moves to Paris, where he works as a graphic artist for various agencies, including Havas, and for the renowned printer Draeger. Begins his Zebra studies and engages in his first optical experiments. Marries Claire Spinner in 1931. Their first child André is born the same year. A second son, Jean-Pierre, is born in 1934.
Moves to Paris and becomes successful as a graphic designer
1935 - 1945
Assembles an important body of graphic works , developing the aesthetic foundations for his plastic language. In 1944, inaugurates the Galerie Denise René in Paris with a solo-exhibition, and in 1945, participates for the first time in the Salon des Surindépendants.
1946 - 1950
Moves decidedly towards Constructivist and geometric abstract art, inspired by artists such as Malevitch, Moholy-Nagy and Walter Gropius. His vacations at Gordes and Belle-Isle from 1947 onwards play an important role in inspiring this shift away from figurative representation. Publishes his first edition of prints. Exhibits at the Salon des Surindépendants (1946), the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles (1947) and Galerie Denis René in Paris (1948).
Develops understanding that geometric forms could evoke a sensory perception conveying new ideas of space, matter and energy.


Dynamo Un Siecle De Lumiere Et De Mouvement Dans L’art 1913-2013 - Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris
Frühjahr - Sommer - 2013 Kunst aus dem 20. Jahrhundert - Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen
Vibrations - Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Optical Spaces - Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX
Victor Vasarely - Galerie Lahumière, Paris
Victor Vasarely - une rétrospective 1948 - 1975 - Galerie Lahumière, Paris
Viktor Vazareli - Grafike i objekti - Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Victor Vasarely - Mathematikum e.V., Gießen
Imagen Inestable - Galería Animal, Santiago
Linie, Art Forum Ute Barth, Zurich
Twin Bill, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
The Expanded Eye, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
The Kinetic Eye: Optical and Kinetic Art, 1950-1975, 13 May – 25 September, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France
Victor Vasarely in black and white, Robert Sandelson, London, UK
Victor Vasarely: Black and White paintings from 1950s, 16 October – 13 November 2004, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Victor Vasarely: Founder of Op Art, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Victor Vasarely – Parcours 1930-1980, La Fondation Demeures du Nord, Lille