Pierre and Caroline Vasarely,
the ex officio directors
and the qualified directors,
and the entire team of the Vasarely Foundation
present you with their best wishes
for the year 2023
Presentation of the International Prize of the
Vasarely x Chronicles Foundation
Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 pm
Provence © Davide Quayola
Within the framework of the Biennial of Digital Imaginaries, this award is given to an artist registered in the field of digital arts and in the history of art in connection with the aesthetic, plastic and social problems of Victor Vasarely.
After Etienne Rey in 2016, Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves in 2018, Davide Quayola, winner in 2020, will present his creation during this edition with the exhibition “Pointillism: Provence”.He will come to present the Prize to the winner selected by the jury from among the artists presented during the 2022 Biennial.
The winner will benefit from an exhibition in 2024 at the Vasarely Foundation as part of the next edition of the Biennial.
This evening will also be an opportunity to enjoy the finissage of the exhibitions “Vivre sans Témoin” and “Pointillisme : Provence” presented until January 22nd.
For this exceptional evening, these two exhibitions will be exceptionally open from 10am to 10pm.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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Vivre sans témoin
Chronicles, Biennial of Digital Imaginations
until January 22nd
Silent Painting © Dimitri Mallet
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 is becoming impossible?
The exhibition, organised as part of Chroniques, includes works by Stéphanie Roland, Dimitri Mallet, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, Pierre Corric and Stéphanie Thidet.
Quayola won the 3rd Vasarely Foundation & Chroniques International Prize. 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 during his residency at the Vasarely Foundation. 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 landscape paintings created by machines. 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.
Volans 1979, Acrylique sur toile, 120 x 117 cm, Victor Vasarely – Collection Lucien Arkas
Since 2018, the Foundation’s upstairs rooms have been dedicated to an exhibition of the work of the “father of Op Art”. The Pierre and Nicole Guénant room presents a retrospective from 1930 to 1980 while the Lucien Arkas room offers twelve acrylics by this collector who was passionate about the work of Victor Vasarely.
A tour and cultural mediation allows visitors to discover or rediscover the Master’s plastic universe, from his beginnings as a graphic artist to the realization of his monumental 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 artist of Hungarian origin (Pécs 1906 – Paris 1997).
Variations in Variations
Installation by Damien Bénéteau
until 31 March
For his work, Damien Bénéteau takes up the form of the pendulum, thought out on the scale of a building, like Foucault’s pendulum in the Pantheon. Fixed to the ceiling, 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 in all its height and lit from its inner edge. Treated in the mass, it presents two surfaces leaning against each other – one side matt, the other silver – even if the ball, of a black without shine, does not produce a shimmering effect and leaves, around, Vasarely’s works intact.
In this installation, the interaction between movement, volume and light creates an environment marked by depth, mystery and a certain solemnity. The slow and regular oscillation of the mobile sculpture is part of a temporal loop that calls to mind the image of a metronome or a chronometric measuring instrument.
Return of the 7 Aubusson tapestries by Vasarely
The seven monumental tapestries, which had been taken down for restoration, have been returned to the walls of the institution. This intervention is part of a global conservation-restoration project of the 44 architectural integrations. The first phase of the work, completed in 2019, mainly concerned the shell of the Architectonic Centre.
The second major phase of this vast project is the continuation of the restoration of the monumental works, including this set of seven tapestries, true masterpieces from the Pinton workshops in Aubusson. This monumental ensemble has just returned from a restoration campaign. The work of safeguarding is continuing this time, within the institution, supervised by Abigaël David, a heritage restorer, specialised in the treatment of textile materials and composite objects. The general diagnosis is serious: our tapestries have suffered from dust, dirt and moth colonisation, which have partially attacked the woolen support.
Upon their return in June 2022, the works were given a special dynamic anoxic treatment. This insecticide treatment, which does not pose any risk to the heritage collections, consists of depriving them of oxygen by injecting nitrogen in a continuous flow within a hermetically sealed bubble.
For one week, from 21 to 25 November 2022, Abigaël David and her team carried out a precise assessment of the seven tapestries and a thorough dusting. Following these interventions, the tapestries were rehung. We look forward to welcoming you to rediscover them.
From 6 years old
Sunday 8 January at 10.30 am
Come to the Foundation and let yourself be taken in by the experience of visual phenomena, optical illusions and the effects of colours and geometric shapes and note down all your impressions of the moment. And since every experience deserves to be told, during this workshop you will be able to create a unique and personalized postcard to share your adventures in the artist’s heritage.
Imagination in the night
From 7 to 12 years old
Wednesday 18 January at 2pm
After being inspired by the various works in the exhibition Living without witnesses, come and put your imagination to the test in a creative workshop where you can let your ideas guide you in your production! On a large format, we invite you to paint, colour, glue and play on the theme of the night, which is full of surprises.
Immersion in the heart of Vega space!
Every weekend at 2.30 pm
The mediators of the public service are happy to help you discover the tapestry room once again.
These essential works of art, which have just returned from a restoration campaign, are once again displayed on the walls of the architectural centre. They are a real highlight in the discovery of the integrated monumental works. The Immersive experience is now complete.
until 26 February
Bonisson Art Center, Rognes, France
Paris et nulle part ailleurs
until 22 January
Musée de l’immigration, Paris, France
L’oeil en Jeu
until 26 February
Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Padova, Italie
Vasarely de l’art optique
au folklore planétaire
until 29 January
Ils ont (vraiment) fait illusion !
Discover Stéphane Bern’s column on Europe 1 on 15 November, which retraces the life, career and secrets of painter Victor Vasarely.
“I express my great sorrow at the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of what I create and write. No one, so far, seems to have grasped the essence of my contribution, the evidence of my thought. History repeats itself. Man only admires legacies, he takes a long time to decipher them… badly. Nothing is more false than the “Culture” that no one believed in when it was contemporary, alive and true.”
Victor Vasarely, Extract from Notes Brutes, (Plastic Notes), 1969