May 2022


The Vasarely Foundation, 50 years of the future
until May 8

Pierre and Victor Vasarely in the Devens house in Gordes, circa 1971 Photograph by Willy Ronis.

The anniversary exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Vasarely Foundation’s recognition as a public utility is coming to an end. There are only 6 days left to see it again.

In 2021, the Vasarely Foundation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its recognition as a public utility (September 27, 1971) by symbolically reuniting in a double exhibition the very places where it was created, the Château de Gordes and the Architectural Centre in Aix-en-Provence.

“This fiftieth anniversary exhibition retraces Victor Vasarely’s first thoughts on his grand design, from his written formulation of 1966, “My Foundation Project”, as well as the stages of the realization of a cultural project that was unique in its kind. The visual artist – at the height of his career since the exhibition “The Responsive Eye” in 1965 at MoMA in New York established him internationally as the creator of Op Art and the undisputed leader of kineticism – installed the Didactic Museum in Gordes in 1970, which constitutes the first retrospective part of his foundation. He presented his painted work in the Renaissance castle of this Luberon village, the restoration of which he had financed himself. In 1976, the Centre architectonique d’Aix-en-Provence, with its monumental, architectural and prospective dimension, will complete the Foundation’s work.

Extract from Pierre Vasarely’s text (exhibition catalogue)


As an extension of the Universe exhibition (January 14 – March 27, 2022) in London, in collaboration with Selfridges and Paco Rabanne, the Vasarely Foundation is presenting its first NFT series composed of 12 unique works by Victor Vasarely representing monumental artworks, in the form of digital tokens, the bulk of the proceeds of which will go to the institution to restore some of its works and finance its operations.

Six of the NFTs in this collection are digital transcriptions of certain integrations of the that are to be restored. These works will be coded with a smart contract programmed to refresh the design metadata to reflect the progress of the restoration of these integrations, directly on the NFT.

With this project, the Vasarely Foundation becomes the first French cultural institution to create NFTs. The sale started on April 26th.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ugo Vasarely.

The Vasarely Foundation launches NFTs to finance the restoration of its works



Already avant-garde in its time, Victor Vasarely’s work has been propelled even further into the future. True to the pioneering spirit of the Franco-Hungarian artist, the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence is organising an NFT sale this Wednesday. It is the first French cultural institution to take the plunge into this small revolution that has not finished shaking up the artistic spheres.


The NFT technology, an acronym for “non-fungible token”, makes it possible to sell a digital object and ensure its ownership thanks to blockchain technology.
The Vasarely Foundation launches its first NFT

The Vasarely Foundation, first French cultural institution to create NFTs!
After participating in the first ever digital fashion week alongside Selfridges and Paco Rabanne, in Decentraland, the Vasarely Foundation will launch its first NFTs on 26 April 2022. The result of a collaboration between Selfridges, the Vasarely Foundation and Paco Rabanne, this first series, named “Universe Paco Rabanne & Fondation Vasarely”, includes 12 NFT works by Victor Vasarely and 12 “Unwearables” by Paco Rabanne, with prices ranging from 600€ to 220,000€.

Cosmic Modernities
Book your 17 June


After the presentation of two outstanding exhibitions, The Permanent Revolution in 2019 and South-East, Constructivism as a Legacy / Eastern Europe and South America, in 2020-21, the collaboration initiated between the Vasarely Foundation and the Centre Pompidou since 2019 continues this year with the exhibition Modernités cosmiques. It will be held from June 18 to October 16, 2022, at the Vasarely Foundation.

This event will be an opportunity to see masterpieces of modernity from the collections of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, the Hartung-Bergman Foundation, the Centre national des arts plastiques (on deposit at the Espace de l’Art Concret de Mouans Sartoux), the Vasarely Foundation, private collectors and the work of contemporary artists, all sharing a common source of inspiration: the cosmos and the infinitely large.

This new exhibition will show the interest of avant-garde artists in sidereal observation, which is known to be present in the work of Victor Vasarely, and its persistence in current artistic creation.

L’exposition regroupera les oeuvres de : 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.

Please reserve your evening on 17 June for the opening.

Performance by the Leöwey High School of Pécs and the Vauvenargues High School of Aix-en-Provence
at the Vasarely Foundation
May 3 from 6:00 pm


Pièce jouée par Hanna Szemelyácz, Noémi Marosvölgyi, Aletta Perl, Blanka Illés, Hanna Radócz
Metteur en scène: Kőrösi Boldizsár

For the tenth year, the Lycée Vauvenargues is hosting students from the Leöwey Klara High School in Pécs. To celebrate this anniversary, the students from Aix will sing and dance together from their national repertoire.


This will be followed by a theatrical performance by the Pécs High School troupe.
The Hungarian high school students met in the theatre workshop of Eva Vatai’s class. Getting to know their bodies, improvisations, dimensions of the narrative. Once a week, the collective work was interrupted by more or less long stops linked to Covid. Then the questions came: where are we? Who are we? 17-18 year old girls at the door of adulthood and a director (perhaps also knocking at the same door). What can they talk about? How to become adults? Let’s talk about it! What is it to be a child? What is it to be an adult? Is there such a thing? They started to weave their story with these questions and their experiences.


These meetings seal a long and beautiful friendship between the two schools, around the Vasarely Foundation.

Night of the museums
14 May


On the occasion of the Museum Night, the Vasarely Foundation teams have developed a whole program to entertain you. Between conferences, guided tours and creative workshops, come and discover the architectural centre in a completely different way.


Free access from 7 pm. Closing time: 00:00.

Cultural mediation

Sunday 8 May

Vasarely and advertising
Vasarely was an advertising graphic designer between 1930 and 1939, working for prestigious advertising agencies. Starting from the graphic universe of the artist and inspired by his posters, approach the simple techniques of graphic design such as symmetry, rhythm and movement.

Thanks to collage and the use of complementary materials and colours, create your own advertising poster!

Wednesday 18 May

Let’s play architect


Vasarely wanted art for all, integrated into architecture and urbanism. After having strolled through the monumental integrations of the Foundation.

Be inspired by the main ideas of Vasarely’s Polychrome City of Happiness project to create your own utopian building in 3D. At the end of the workshop, with your friends, assemble your constructions to give birth to a utopian city

Sunday 22nd May

Art and Astro
Passionate about astronomy and science, Vasarely created the Vega series between 1969 and 1972, based on the deformation of lines and shapes.



Inspired by these works and with the help of a colour chart and stencils, take your turn to discover space by creating your own planet.

A look back at the charity event on 2 April

More than €130,000 was raised on 2 April during an evening organised within the Foundation’s premises for the benefit of La Maison (Gardanne), a palliative care centre.

We would like to thank once again all the participants of this evening for their generosity.

“I have often said: the art of the privileged must become the art of the community. The important thing is to have resolved this change technically and plastically.

  Victor Vasarely, Extract from Notes Brutes, 1955