December 2022

Conference by Pierre Vasarely
December 2nd at 6.30 pm, in Gordes

Vasarely in the city
Flash exhibition
and Conference by Pierre Vasarely
December 13th at 7pm, in Grenoble
Maison de l’Architecture de l’Isère

“A social art”, “art for all”, “bringing art to the street” are the postulates of Victor Vasarely’s optico-kinetic work.
For several years, the Vasarely Foundation has been restoring Victor Vasarely’s monumental integrations in the public space (Para-Vista at the University of Paris Jussieu (1971-2011), Frescoes at the Gare Montparnasse (1971-2022), the portal of the University of Montpellier (1966-2022), the Kroa sculpture at the University of Marseille Saint Jérôme (1971-2022), dismantling of the RTL Paris facade (1971-2018), etc.)
The Grenoble Speed Rings, created in the Parc Paul Mistral on the occasion of the 1968 Olympic Games, is one of the artist’s most emblematic works, which is now in a very poor state of repair.
Pierre Vasarely, will present and discuss the plastic approach of Victor Vasarely’s urban integrations and its actuality in art and public space.

Damien Bénéteau
Variations in Variations
opening on 15 December at 7pm


For the past ten years, Damien Bénéteau has been developing a series of sculptures, Variations, which make tangible the ordinarily imperceptible forces that govern our universe. Each one consists of a mechanical, kinetic and optical device that allows human perception to grasp the flow of time and the cyclical structure of the universe in a form of sensitive evidence.
For his project at the Vasarely Foundation, Damien Bénéteau took up the form of the pendulum, thought out on the scale of a building, like Foucault’s pendulum at the Pantheon. Fixed to the roof ridge, at a height of 11 metres, the installation is based on the same principle as the Variations: a sphere in movement crosses an imposing metal plate placed vertically, cut out from its entire height and lit from its inner edge.
Curator: Djeff

Living without witnesses
Chronicles, Biennial of Digital Imaginations
until 22 January 2023, at the Foundation

Accustomed to living in a non-stop open world, the permanence of artificial lights has become second nature. The white lights that invade our cities are not only an aesthetic loss in our relationship with the cosmos and the starry sky, but also have consequences for living beings and natural ecosystems that need to perceive the alternation of day and night.
This white light at work in many contemporary techniques such as infrared cameras, surveillance cameras, satellites and drones, contribute to creating a universe where it is never night for anyone and where, in the manner of a panopticon, surveillance is widespread. Borrowing from Michael Foessel in his eponymous book on night, is the darkness we sought in the night disappearing? Have we entered a world where living without witnesses becomes impossible?
The exhibition, organised as part of Chroniques, includes works by Stéphanie Roland, Dimitri Mallet, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Pierre Corric and Stéphanie Thidet, whose work is shown above.
The artist Quayola won the 3rd International Prize of the Vasarely Foundation & Chronicles. Created this year, Pointilism: Provence, takes as its starting point the surrounding landscapes of Sainte-Victoire that the artist scanned in the autumn and spring. Pointillism: Provence is a new work that continues Quayola’s exploration of high precision laser scanning systems and their inherited imperfections. Drawing parallels between historical painting traditions and computational aesthetics, this project speculates on new machine-created landscape paintings. While reproducing conditions similar to those of late 19th century plein air painters, natural landscapes are in fact observed and analysed through sophisticated technological devices and reassigned to new modes of visual synthesis.

Restoration and of the 7 Aubusson tapestries
Hanging up of the 7 Aubusson tapestries

The conservation-restoration project of the integrations within the Vasarely Foundation continues. This multi-year project, which began in 2018 and is scheduled to last until 2028, aims to improve the legibility of the works and stabilize the deterioration caused by the lack of maintenance and security.
After a disinsectisation treatment under dynamic anoxia and a restoration intervention, the seven tapestries, commissioned by Victor Vasarely to the Pinton ‘Aubusson workshops in 1974, will be back in their place in December 2022 in rooms 6 and 7.

We are very happy to be able to present them to you again.


The Zett and Tridim-Blanc integrations will be treated in 2023, depending on the results of the preliminary study carried out in 2019.

This vast restoration project could not take place without the help of the State, local authorities, patrons and the Vasarely Foundation’s donations.


Thank you to them.

*Anoxia by Alain Renard
Conservation-restoration by a team of 9 people directed by Abigaël David
Rehanging by the company Contrevent, directed by Marc Anquetil

Cultural mediation
Christmas holidays

Dotted garden
7 to 12 years
22 and 29 December

It is with the invention of digital technology and computers that we discover the use of the “pixel”: this small coloured dot, juxtaposed with other pixels, is the basic element that gives us a digital image. In art, there is a similar process: pointillism. Chroniques invites you to the Vasarely Foundation for a shimmering workshop where we invite you to apprehend the technique of pointillism. By experimenting with rhythm, colour, perspective, shadows and light, give life to a unique and original creation in pointillism!

Coded Experience
7 to 12 years old
20 and 27 December

In the age of digital transformation, where new technologies reign, art is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the 1960s, the visionary Victor Vasarely created works and optical illusions without the help of computers. Dive into the world of algorithms to create your own colourful work on the theme of “The Night”, and create a unique work using coding.

Discovery tour of the
permanent collections
Every Saturday and Sunday at 2.30 pm

The exhibition “Vasarely Plasticien” invites you to discover or rediscover the plastic universe of Victor Vasarely, from his beginnings as a graphic artist to the realization of his monu-mental integrations and his utopian project of the “Polychrome City of Happiness”. This didactic presentation, with nearly 200 original works and documents, in an adapted scenography, integrates the fundamental elements of the project of the French plastic artist of Hungarian origin (Pécs 1906 – Paris 1997). Then set off to discover the rooms of the architectural centre and its monumental integrations, for an optical and playful experience. The tour offers an immersion in the world of Vasarely’s geometric abstraction where the public is itself an actor of the visual effects.

Christmas 2022
Sale of Vasarely silk-screen prints

For the third consecutive year, as part of the click & collect, the Vasarely Foundation is offering a sale of original silkscreen prints by Victor Vasarely, signed, numbered and framed!
This special sale will be held online and at the Vasarely Foundation from December 2 to 22 to support our activities.
The collection of the silkscreens will only take place in our shop.

Outside the walls

until 8 January 2023
Bonisson Art Center, Rognes, France

Paris et nulle part ailleurs
until 22 January 2023
Musée de l’immigration, Paris, France

L’oeil en Jeu
until 26 February 2023
Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Padova, Italie

Vasarely de l’art optique
au folklore planétaire

until 29 January 2023
Andorre-la-vella, Andorre

« The revelation of Gordes, for me, was to observe a phenomenon on the scale of a town built on rock. A permanent spectacle during the day, or by moonlight, haunting, but how fertile! Neglecting the history and the beauty of the old stones, it is this plasticity in the vertical plane which seized me and generated a series of determining multicoloured works »

Victor Vasarely Folklore planétaire, Edition Studio Bruckmann, 1973, Munich, page 36.