European Heritage Days

of 17/09/22 to 18/09/22


As part of the 39th edition of the European Heritage Days, celebrating this year’s sustainable heritage, the Vasarely Foundation, the architectural centre of Aix en Provence, is opening its doors to the public for guided tours and creative workshops for adults and children in order to share the universe of the artist Victor Vasarely with everyone. An emblematic place in Aix en Provence, the building and its 44 monumental integrations have been classified as Historic Monuments since January 14, 2013, 40 years after the laying of the first stone on December 16, 1973. The Vasarely Foundation was awarded the title of “Musée de France” by the Ministry of Culture in December 2020. A true culmination of Victor Vasarely’s work, this private law institution, recognized as a public utility in 1971, was founded by the artist and patron and his wife Claire. Conceived as an open and forward-looking place, it perpetuates the name of the work of Op Art and constitutes a true laboratory of ideas for future generations: artists, scientists, industrialists, researchers, architects and students.


From 10am to 6pm, enjoy the exhibition spaces, with free access.  The “Vasarely Plasticien” exhibition invites you to discover or rediscover the plastic universe of Victor Vasarely, from his beginnings as a graphic artist to the realization of his foundation and his utopian project of the Polychrome City of Happiness. Then set off to discover the cells 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. Finally, the exhibition “Cosmic Modernities”, in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, weaves the links between the cosmic imagination and artistic modernity by presenting works from different aesthetics and periods from the 1920s to the present day.  From Frantisek KUPKA, to Antoine PEVSNER, via Jean DEWASNE, BRASSAI, Lucio FONTANA, Evariste RICHER, Max ERNST, Alain JACQUET… These artists reveal their perception and interpretation of the stars and the cosmos.

To deepen your visit, take part in our discovery tours. Guided by the visionary thought of the artist, the mediator offers a tour inviting the visitor to immerse himself in the universe of the visual artist Victor Vasarely.

2:30 pm: Discovery tour (history, architecture, permanent collection) – Free on reservation 

3:30 pm: Discovery tour (Temporary exhibition: Cosmic Modernities) – Free with reservation

For our youngest visitors, have fun in our mediation rooms and discover our creative workshops. The mediation team offers a selection of creative workshops for children, depending on the age of the participants. There will be an introduction to the concept of sustainability.

At 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Free on reservation 

Visual Guided Tours - JEP 22 - Fondation Vasarely


Événement carte postale - journées du patrimoine 2022 - Fondation Vasarely

Creative workshop: postcard

Each year, for the Heritage Days, the Vasarely Foundation opens its doors to the public and thus allows to share with as many people as possible the universe of the artist Victor Vasarely, whose 25th anniversary of his death is being commemorated this year. In this context, the Pays d’Aix Philatelic Association will set up a temporary post office and will offer for sale a new edition of a postmark dated September 17, 2022, a postcard and a personalised stamp representing the symbol of the Foundation. In parallel to this post office, the mediation team is organising a creative workshop for children and adults on the theme of correspondence. This workshop will be followed by a prize-giving for the most original creations. Finally, the Philatelic Association will exhibit on September 17 and 18 at the Vasarely Foundation “Victor Vasarely and his achievements in the world”. A unique philatelic collection which brings together a remarkable collection of stamps, stamps, envelopes paying tribute to the work of the artist throughout the world.

CREATIVE WORKSHOP in collaboration with the Association Philatélique du Pays d’Aix “La carte Postale
Vasarely Foundation from 3pm to 4pm – Contribution 3 €

Événement harmonie musicale - journées du patrimoine 2022 - Fondation Vasarely

Concert: Municipal Band

On Sunday 18 September, attend the new programme of the Harmonie municipale d’Aix-en-Provence “Airs d’Europe”. In a unique setting, inside the polychrome city of happiness imagined by Victor Vasarely, let yourself be carried away by Celtic and liturgical tunes from Greece, the Caucasus, Spain and Hungary.

“AIRS D’EUROPE” by the Harmonie Municipale d’Aix-en-Provence
Fondation Vasarely at 11am – Free on reservation