Vasarely, the sharing of forms
#PARIS The Centre Pompidou offers the first major exhibition dedicated to Victor Vasarely in fifty years. A vibrant retrospective that invites us to an interstellar visit and sheds light on the logic behind his work. His clear-cut interplay of shadows and post-cubist lights leads us chronologically from his first optical experiments to his “plastic units” and the evocative title of this superb retrospective “The Sharing of Forms” takes on its full meaning.
From his training at the “petit Bauhaus”, at the height of his career, Vasarely is described as an heir to the avant-garde, the leading figure of a second Paris School.
Sometimes the circle becomes elliptical…… The grey, black and neon walls, followed by the metal structures, facilitate the enhancement of the paintings and the strength of the works in a minimalist setting at the service of a magnificent labyrinthine scenography.
Then came his first optical experiments, the two curators, Michel Gauthier and Arnauld Pierre, insisted on one point: Vasarely was never totally cut off from reality by constantly seeking another degree of intensity.
So when we fix a painting, it seems to oscillate and destabilize us in our perceptions. Three seconds later it’s not the same painting anymore.
From the 1960s onwards, Vasarely appeared everywhere, fashion magazines, book covers, magazines, record covers, everyone took their own images. From advertising to architecture, it is everywhere.
Victor Vasarely could be described as a “cosmic” artist and this event, this exhibition invites us to a journey of our senses into the artist’s imagination and interstellar universe.
VASARELY, The Sharing of Forms
From February 6 to May 6, 2019
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