Biography

Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely provided us with some of the most distinctive images and optical effects in 20th-century art. From his days as a commercial graphic designer in 1930s-40s Paris to his final decades developing and marketing what he hoped would become a new universal language for art and architectural design, Vasarely steered a unique course, combining virtuosic technical precision with a scientific awareness of optical and geometrical effects. He is best known for his grid-like paintings and sculptures of the 1960s onwards, which play with the reader's sense of visual form by creating illusory, flickering effects of depth, perspective, and motion. In making the act of looking at one of their primary subjects, these works speak to a quintessentially modern concern with the difference between what we can see and what is really there. Vasarely was perhaps the first modern artist to realize that Kinetic Art did not have to move. Instead, he created an extraordinary series of paintings and sculptures which used geometrical effects to suggest motion within static forms. From illusions of oscillation and vibration to Escher-like tricks whereby apparent indentations in the picture-surface suddenly seem to protrude from it, Vasarely's pioneering techniques not only influenced the Op Art movement of the 1960s but helped to define the whole psychedelic mood of that decade. As a student of Constructivism, Vasarely believed that art should have a functional purpose within society, an aim he pursued partly by exploring the overlaps between art and architecture. As well as designing murals and other visual features specifically for architectural spaces, Vasarely believed that his visual vocabulary of interchangeable compositional elements could be used in urban planning, as a way of combining qualities of regularity and variety within domestic architecture, street design, and so on. While many artists from the 1910s onwards had considered how modern art and architecture might influence each other, few pursued that idea with such a singular and consistent vision as Vasarely. 

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2014

Victor Vasarely - Optical Paintings EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo Solo

Victor Vasarely – Early Drawings and Graphic Designs in the Collection Museum of Fine Arts - Budapest, Budapest Solo


2013

A tribute to Victor Vasarely Galerie Lahumière, Paris 
Vasarely - Hommage Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels 
Vasarely - Solo Exhibit Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris 
Optical Spaces Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX 


2011 Victor Vasarely - une rétrospective 1948 - 1975 Galerie Lahumière, Paris Solo
2011 Victor Vasarely: Optical Perspectives Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan Solo
2011 Victor Vasarely - Solo Show Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo Solo
2010 Viktor Vazareli - Grafike i objekti Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad Solo
2009 Imagen Inestable Galería Animal, Santiago Solo
2008 Victor Vasarely - GRÁFICA Sala Gráfica Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago  Solo
2008 ACCROCHAGE - Victor Vasarely Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin Solo
2008 Victor Vasarely: Works from the Tibor Csepei's Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje Solo
2005 Druckgrafik Galerie Kley, Hamm Solo
2005 The absolute eye Herakleidon Museum, Athens Solo
2005 Victor Vasarely in Black & White Robert Sandelson, London Solo
2005 Victor Vasarely - Die Täuschung Kunsthalle Krems, Krems Solo
2004 Best of Vasarely Rudolf Budja Galerie - Artmosphere Wien, Vienna Solo
2003 Best of Vasarely Rudolf Budja Galerie - Artmosphere Salzburg, Salzburg Solo
2003 An Optical Experience: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY Solo
2000 Späte Werke Art Edition Fils, Dusseldorf Solo
2000 Viktor Vasarely - Späte Werke Anders galerie im stilwerk, Dusseldorf Solo
2000 Selected Works of Victor Vasarely Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran Solo
1998 Vasarely - Erfinder der Op-art - Quadrat Bottrop Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop Solo
1998 Vasarely - Erfinder der Op-art Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg Solo
1997 Vasarely - Erfinder der Op-art Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen Solo
1987 Viktor Vasarely - 27 Druckgrafische Einzelblätter Kunstverein Schwerte, Schwerte Solo
1980 Victor Vasarely - Arbeiten von 1933-1980 Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne Solo
1969 Victory Vasarely – Graphics Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK Solo
1967 Victor Vasarely: bilder + objekte (op) art galerie, Esslingen Solo
1967 Victor Vasarely: Paintings and Collages Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL Solo
1967 Vasarely - Serigrafieën Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Solo
1966 VASARELY- Peintures récentes Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris Solo
1966 Vasarely: An Exhibition of Recent Paintings Sidney Janis Gallery, New York City, NY Solo