September 2022

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Modernités cosmiques
until 16 October

Max ERNST, La comète, 1959, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, ©Adagp, Paris, 2022, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais - © Image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

Max ERNST, La comète, 1959, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne,
©Adagp, Paris, 2022, © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais – © Image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

During the period of the historical avant-gardes, the cosmos acquired a pre-emptive right over abstraction, which it was able to assert in the second half of the twentieth century, especially when it came to space, movement and light, and when geometry wanted to dream up rules other than those governing it since Euclid […]. The eccentricities of astrophysics do not, however, affect only geometric abstraction; the Surrealist galaxy also experiences its effects, as Roberto Matta’s drawings and paintings attest. The latter was influenced by the work of the astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild, who helped to found the theory of the black hole, and by the mathematical objects at the Institut Poincaré in Paris, which Man Ray had discovered with Max Ernst and photographed in the mid-1930s. Paintings such as Onyx of Electra (1944) or Xpace and the Ego (1945) attest to this. Between 1955 and 1961, Ernst himself produced paintings in homage to the 19th-century astronomer Ernst-Wilhelm Tempel, the lucky inventor of twenty-one comets.

Extract from the text by Michel Gauthier
Exhibition catalogue 60 pages / Fage éditions
Price : 15€ for the catalogue

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.

Curator of the exhibition: Michel Gauthier, curator at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou

Lokart – the artists of Pécs
16th – 30th September
opening on 15 September at 19:00

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The Vasarely Foundation, in collaboration with the city of Pécs (Hungary), twinned with the city of Aix-en-Provence, presents the black and white photographs of Lajos Kalmár as well as the five winners of LOKART, the first plastic arts festival of the city of Pécs.

In 2023, the LOKART Festival will invite contemporary artists from Aix.

Curator of the exhibition: Valéria Fekete, artistic director of the Pécs Galleries.

European Patrimony Days
17 and 18 September

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As part of the 39th edition of the European Heritage Days, celebrating this year’s sustainable heritage, the Vasarely Foundation is opening its doors for guided tours and creative workshops for all audiences to share the world of the visual artist Victor Vasarely, whose 25th anniversary of his death is being commemorated this year.
On this occasion, the philatelic association of Aix-en-Provence will present “Victor Vasarely et ses réalisations dans le monde”: a unique philatelic collection that brings together an exceptional collection of the artist’s work. Between stamps, stamps, envelopes, the collector Jean Thomas will present and share the results of twelve years of work and research.

A temporary post office will be set up on 17 and 18 September and will offer a creative workshop. At the end of this workshop, the most original creations will be rewarded by a selected jury.

On Sunday 18 September at 11am, the Harmonie municipale d’Aix-en-Provence will present its new programme “Airs d’Europe”. This novelty inspired by European cultures, proposes a musical journey through the Caucasus and Hungary.
These Heritage Days will be an opportunity to discover or rediscover the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions Modernités cosmiques, in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, Vasarely Plasticien with works from the Lucien Arkas Collection and the exhibition of the Hungarian photographer Lajos Kalmár.

The mediation team awaits you with guided tours and creative workshops. The rooms and workshops will be open for a playful and relaxing moment.

Restoration of the Aubusson tapestries by Victor Vasarely

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Dans le cadre du vaste chantier de conservation-restauration de ses 44 intégrations monumentales, démarré en 2016, une drôle de machinerie a pris place au sein de l’une des 7 alvéoles du Centre architectonique.

Un traitement d’anoxie dynamique des sept tapisseries d’Aubusson est en cours jusqu’au 15 octobre. Ce traitement de désinsectisation, sans risque pour les collections patrimoniales, consiste en une privation d’oxygène par injection d’azote en flux continu au sein d’une bulle hermétique en aluminium.
Cette opération nécessite un équipement particulier et réalisée par Alain Renard, professionnel de la conservation-restauration du patrimoine.

Ces tapisseries ont toutes été réalisées entre 1974 et 1975 à Aubusson par les ateliers Pinton. Il s’agissait d’une commande spécifique de Victor Vasarely, d’après ses cartons, pour le Centre architectonique qui sera inauguré en 1976.

Cultural Mediation

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As part of the European Heritage Days, the Vasarely Foundation is opening its mediation rooms to allow young visitors to discover creative workshops that take us into Victor Vasarely’s plastic universe. The mediation team offers children a selection of creative workshops, depending on the age of the participants. An introduction to the notion of sustainable heritage will be given.

The eye at play
Palazzo del Monte di Pietta, Padua
from 24 September 2022 to 26 February 2023

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The exhibition aims to accurately reconstruct the relationships and influences that linked the artists’ practices to the experimental and academic studies on the psychology of perception conducted by the University of Padua.
The exhibition begins with the presentation of works by Group N, active in Padua between 1960 and 1964 and composed of Alberto Biasi (Padua, 1937), Ennio Chiggio (Naples, 1938 – Padua, 2020), Toni Costa (Padua, 1935-2013), Edoardo Landi (Modena, 1937) and Manfredo Massironi (Padua, 1937- 2011), followed by the works of Marina Apollonio (Trieste, 1940) and without neglecting the exemplary relations with Bruno Munari (Milan, 1907-1998) and the Milanese T Group (Giovanni Anceschi, Davide Boriani, Gianni Colombo, Grazie Varisco, Gabriele Devecchi), all of them leading figures of the “new trend” called in different ways: “programmed art”, “Gestalt”, “optical” and “kinetic”.
Other earlier artists are also considered part of this trend: Marcel Duchamp (Blainville-Crevon, 1887 – Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1968), author of the Rotoreliefs (optical discs) in 1935, and artist-teachers such as Joseph Albers (Bottrop, 1888 – New Haven, 1976) and Max Bill (Winterthur, 1908 – Berlin, 1994), methodical investigators of the grammar of the visible at the Bauhaus and the “new Bauhaus” in Ulm, respectively.

The Vasarely Foundation is very pleased to participate in this exhibition by lending 34 works, studies and original programs by Victor Vasarely.

L’occhio in gioco at Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Padua, Italy
From September 24, 2022 to February 26, 2023
Curator of the exhibition Luca Massimo Barbero.

Paris and nowhere else
National Museum of the History of Immigration
from 27 September 2022 to 22 January 2023

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Victor Vasarely, Orion MC, 1963, courtesy Fondation Vasarely
© Fabrice Lepeltier © Adagp, Paris, 2022

Jean-Paul Ameline, former curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, has brought together a hundred works from private and public collections – drawings, sculptures, paintings, collages – by Shafic Abboud (Lebanon), Eduardo Arroyo (Spain), André Cadere (Romania), Ahmed Cherkaoui (Morocco), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela), Dado (Montenegro), Erró (Iceland), Tetsumi Kudo (Japan), Wifredo Lam (Cuba), Julio Le Parc (Argentina), Milvia Maglione (Italy), Roberto Matta (Chile), Joan Mitchell (United States), Véra Molnar (Hungary), Iba N’Diaye (Senegal), Alicia Penalba (Argentina), Judit Reigl (Hungary), Antonio Seguí (Argentina), Jesús Rafael Soto (Venezuela), Daniel Spoerri (Romania), Hervé Télémaque (Haiti), Victor Vasarely (Hungary), Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (Portugal), Zao Wou-Ki (China) around the exhibition Paris and nowhere else. The exhibition plunges the public into the effervescent post-war years which, from 1945 to 1972, saw the emergence of new artistic visions, whether in the field of abstraction, figuration or kinetic art.

Of the 15,000 artists active in Paris at that time, 60 to 65% were foreigners. Whether they only spent a few months, a few years, left and returned, or settled permanently, what were the reasons for these artists to come? How have their works been marked by this change of universe, how do they express it? Are their migratory paths similar to those of their compatriots? Paris and Nowhere Else looks at 24 artists from various backgrounds (Europe, Africa, Latin America, the United States, Asia) who have come to Paris and whose work allows us to grasp the challenges of migration.

International Book Fair in Budapest
from 29 September to 2 October

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Philippe Dana and Pierre Vasarely will present Vasarely, une saga dans le siècle, published in 2019 by Calmann-Levy, and translated into Hungarian by Editions Prae.

« At the basis of all creation, there are two contradictory behaviours: 1. to strip away; 2. to complexify. Stripping means: small numbers, search for the essential with the risk of impoverishment. Complexification means: large numbers, therefore wealth. »

Victor Vasarely, Extract from Notes Brutes, 1948