June 2022

Modernités cosmiques


It is under the sign of the cosmos that the third time in Aix-en-Provence of the partnership established since 2019 between the Centre Pompidou and the Fondation Vasarely will take place. The cosmic theme haunted Victor Vasarely’s work very early on, as it did those of many historical actors of modernism. This theme is the opportunity, in the project conceived by Michel Gauthier, curator at the National Museum of Modern Art, to go through the collections of the Centre Pompidou over nearly a century of creation and thus to give an understanding of the different values taken on by the cosmic referent during this long period during which the conquest of space developed, of which Vasarely was a passionate observer. Linked in the historical avant-gardes of the first half of the 20th century and their heirs to the idea of progress and novelty, the cosmos, whose spatial and luminous ideal accompanied the blossoming and development of abstraction, was at the heart of many reflections and questions about the society of the spectacle and the future of a Faustian culture in the last years of the 20th century and the first years of the next.

After “The Permanent Revolution” and “South-East”, the “Cosmic Modernities” exhibition reaffirms the Centre Pompidou’s clear desire to see its collection exhibited outside its walls. The success of the partnership with the Fondation Vasarely, made possible by the quality and professionalism of its team and the enthusiasm of its President, Pierre Vasarely, calls for its continuation.

The role of museums is to preserve the memory of artistic creation, but they also have the function of bringing the public into contact with the works they preserve. It is this second mission that was called into question when they were closed at the height of the health crisis. This period has shown that nothing can replace direct contact with the works. If the cosmos is far away, the works that speak of it can only be fully meaningful here and now, in the exhibition space they share with the public.

Laurent Le Bon President of the Centre Pompidou

Xavier Rey Director of the National Museum of Modern Art

Exhibition catalogue, Editions Fage 62 pages, 15 euros

The exhibition brings together the works of Frantisek Kupka, Antoine Pevsner, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Brassaï, Victor Vasarely, Anna-Eva Bergman, Emile Gilioli, Frank Malina, Kumi Sugai, Jean Dewasne, Stefan Gierowski, Alain Jacquet, Laurent Saksik.

NFT Vasarely


Art sponsorship has taken an avant-garde turn with the issue of a series of NFT digital works to the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence. The collection, which went on sale a few days ago, includes twelve digital reproductions of paintings by the Franco-Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely, six of which are monumental integrations designed to adorn his architectural centre combining art and structure, inaugurated in February 1976. The other six are more modest works housed by the foundation, which also need to be restored…

Aix-en-Provence Biennial
26th June from 5pm to 7pm


With the musicians of the GMEM: Miquèu Montanaro, Christian Sebille, Jean-François Vrod


First part. For several years, Miquèu Montanaro – a galoubet tambourine player – and Christian Sebille – an electroacoustic composer and performer – have shared the specificities of their instruments and their compositional methods, thus developing a repertoire and a reflection on the problems raised by the relationship between creation and tradition.

Jean-François Vrod, violinist and storyteller, completes this duo and becomes a trio. From these encounters, a body of experience and exchanges is born, leading the trio to enrich their compositions with new sounds. An endless trail of before, after, here and elsewhere…

Part 2. Songs from the African diaspora, accompanied by traditional instruments.

Famoudou Don Moye has been the drummer and percussionist of the Art Ensemble of Chicago since 1969, with whom he has recorded more than 45 of the 180 records in his discography.
Born in Rochester / New York in 1946 into a musical family, he studied percussion at the University of Detroit where he lived near trumpeter Charles Moore who became his mentor and where in 1966 he met the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Great Black Music / Ancient to the future.
Famoudou Don Moye has performed with many other American and international greats, including Randy Weston, Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Pharaoh Saunders, Sun Ra All Stars, Von & Chico Freeman Quintet, Sam Rivers Trio, Don Cherry, Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Famoudou Konate, Fontella Bass, Abbey Lincoln, Billy Cobham, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Cecil Mc Bee, Jack De Jonette, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Frank Lacy, The Leaders,… etc…
In January 2021, he performed at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris as part of the “Sons D’Hiver” Festival; a conversation with a musicologist was filmed on this occasion.
Known and recognized for his in-depth knowledge and mastery of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and his very particular rhythmic techniques, he continues his research, studies, recordings and performances of traditional rhythms from Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Cuba, the West Indies, and the Blues, Gospel and Jazz of Black America.
He offers and leads drum and percussion master classes and workshops worldwide, as well as multi-instrumental workshops for building and coordinating individual and collective improvisation.

Aix-en-Provence Biennial
TURNING_Orlando’s version 
Alessandro Sciarroni – Wednesday 29th June at 7.30pm

© Alessandro Cecchi

TURNING_Orlando’s version is the new chapter of a long term project, inspired by the migratory flows of certain animals that, at the end of their lives, return to their native place to reproduce and die. Turning means turning, but also evolving/changing. Its translation on stage is literal: five dancers explore the practice of classical dance on pointe and the action of the body in rotation around its axis. Accompanied by original music, they take us on a psychophysical emotional journey.


The piece is a new chapter in a larger project (TURNING), inspired by the migratory flows of certain animals that, at the end of their lives, return to breed and die in their native place.

Turning means to turn, but also to evolve/change, and is translated on stage in a literal sense – through the action of the body rotating around its axis.
In TURNING_Orlando’s version, there is a deep connection with wild animal life, with the mysterious power of animals and their transhumance processes, as vibrant as silhouettes on the horizon.

Programming of Parallèle, International Emerging Art Practices.

Cultural mediation

Sunday 5 June
Playing with colours

Colours play an essential role in Vasarely’s work.

During his Folklore planétaire period between 1960 and 1964, the artist composed his plastic alphabet from 30 colours, ranging from primary colours to bright colours.

Between complementary colours and geometric shapes, have fun creating your own colour charts.

Wednesday 8 June
The poetry of geometric shapes

Through shapes, colours and trompe-l’oeil, Victor Vasarely’s poetic and geometric universe can shake your senses.

During this workshop-visit, you will be introduced to geometric art and to the poetic genre, the haiku, a short poem born in Japan in the 17th century. It invites the writer to record his or her emotions about the moment, his or her astonishment or wonder. Abstraction and poetry become child’s play.

Sunday 12 June
Hexagone mobile

In imagining the Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, the French artist of Hungarian origin envisaged a space composed entirely of hexagons.

After wandering through the alveoli, hexagonal rooms, be inspired by the shapes and volumes to create your own hexagonal mobile. Now it’s your turn to imagine a 3D structure, colourful and hexagonal!

Vasarely, a saga in the century
June 14 in Budapest


Release of the Hungarian translation of the biography of Victor Vasarely
co-authored by Philippe Dana and Pierre Vasarely
Vasarely, une saga dans le siècle (Calmann-Lévy, 2019).

Ooh l’Art! – on 5 June on France 2 at 9pm


A topic on Victor Vasarely


« The authentic work is a projection into the future, incompatible with public success in the present.»

  Victor Vasarely, Extrait de Notes Brutes, 1955