Vasarely : Serigraphs

of 24/09/21 to 31/12/21

Vasarely : Serigraphs

Exhibition at the Ornano space of the Gallo-Roman Museum

From September 25, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Sisteron, France


Victor Vasarely said in 1953: “If yesterday Art wanted to be FEEL and DO, today it can be CONCEIVE and DO. If the conservation of the work resided, yesterday, in the excellence of the materials, the perfection of their technique and the mastery of the hand, today it is found in the awareness of a possibility of RECREATION, MULTIPLICATION and EXPENSION. Thus will disappear, with the craft industry, the myth of the single piece, and will triumph finally the diffusable work, thanks to the MACHINE and by it.”




Average duration



Ornano’s space
of the gallo-roman museum (Sisteron)

Victor Vasarely et Wilfredo Arcay

Victor Vasarely and Wilfredo Arcay

The technique of silk-screen printing by Wifredo Arcay of the Arcay Workshop.


Screen printing is a printing technique that has been developed in various civilizations since antiquity, starting with the stencil technique used in the Orient. It will then be used in various fields such as advertising, marketing or packaging. From the 1960s onwards, screen printing became a very popular medium for artists and was defined as the printing of a series of so-called “flat” prints. “The artist entrusts me with an original gouache: if it is small scale, I enlarge it. Sometimes, the author makes the full-size drawing himself. Then, we proceed together to the research and the development of the colors. Then I cut out the “covers”. Since each color requires a passage, we have to separate the planes of different tones. […] From the full size drawing, we make a manual cut corresponding to the shape to be printed, we sensitize a nylon or acetate coated with gelatin and stretched on a steel frame (screen). Developed with water, the gelatin disappears in the areas protected by the cutout, which is where the ink will pass through. The screen is fixed on the printing machine; we study with precision the place of the zone which will have to receive the color (it is the layout). The adventure begins, all that remains is to print. […] According to the supports. The modes of coloring are different:

a) Paper: oil-based ink, water-based paint, acrylic; b) Plastic: PVC ink which bites the plastic; ink based on catalysis; c) Metal: ink to pass to the furnace; d) Ceramic: ink intended to pass to the furnace. […] The impression is done by the passage of a scraper on a screen inked. It is necessary that the pressure exerted on this squeegee is constant for all boards. This maneuver, executed by man, cannot reach such constancy, such precision, taking into account the factors cadence/fatigue. It is through its precision and reliability that the machine assists man. The manual finishing and my selection will be the culmination of the work before the numbering and the signature of the serigraphy which will make it an original work. […] Silk-screen printing is an art that is both ancient and contemporary. Millennium since it was used to make Chinese prints. Contemporary, since this process is used on various objects of current consumption and allows the quality in the number”.

Selection of works

Sérigraphie numéro FV 8/ 75 (édition 1982), de l’œuvre réalisée en 1958 60 x 40 cm
Sérigraphie numéro FV 44/ 200 (édition 1974), de l’œuvre réalisée en 1973 67 x 67 cm
OrION BLANc 37/100
Collage d’éléments en plastique (BASF LURAN) sur plaque de plastique avec croisillons métalliques réalisée en 1970 106 x 100,9 cm