Art is divine

Space Oddity

Micha Christos





FEBRUARY 6 - MAY 6, 2019 




Zebras-A, 1938

Chinese ink and oil on paper,

48.7 x 59.8 centimeters

Private collection,

on deposit at the Vasarely Foundation,

Aix en Provence

Photo © Fabrice Lepeltier

© Adagp, Paris, 2018











The Center Pompidou presents the first major French retrospective devoted to Victor Vasarely.

Orion-gold, 1970

Acrylic on canvas, 205.5 x 207 cm

Private collection. Courtesy Templon Gallery, Paris-Brussels

Photo B.Huet / Tutti.

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

Pyr-Fekete, 1963

Acrylic on wood, 110 x 110 x 60 cm

Private collection

Photo © Fabrice Lepeltier

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

Kiruna, 1952-1962

Oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm

Private collection, courtesy Patrick Derom Gallery

Photo © Vincent Everarts

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

Mar Caribe, 1950-1956

Oil on canvas, 163 x 130 cm

Erling Neby Collection, Oslo

Picture Øystein Thorvaldsen

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

The exhibition unveils on this occasion 300 works, objects and documents of the prolific father of optical art. Paintings, sculptures, architectural integrations will follow a chronological and thematic path like the studies of its beginnings and its advertisements.

The Center Pompidou makes us discover all the major stages of the artist's life, from his formation in the footsteps of the Bauhaus to his latest innovations around the fourth dimension.


This journey back in time goes back to the '30s with the installation of the young Hungarian in Paris when he left his medical studies to become a graphic artist in advertising agencies.

Following in the footsteps of the Bauhaus, Vasarely will mix with Prévert and Breton during the Second World War and will be fascinated by the works of Klee, Malevich, Kandinsky and Mondrian.


This 24-year-old young man, Calder's contemporary, dreams of movement and the third dimension. His artistic vocabulary plays on shapes and colors, in black and white in the '50s and in more and more fluorescent colors. From these illusions of quasi-scientific methodological optics was born his parallel universe of Op'art. The eyes are lost in a world of lines, ovals, squares and ellipses whose hypnotic power increases with the spatial importance of its installations that fill up a spatio-temporal place, from floor to ceiling, in his Vasarely Foundation of Aix-en-Provence.




Optics, kinetics, science fiction are at the heart of this art of abstraction whose universal visual language joins the ambition of a folk art with wide social diffusion.


Passionate about the strangeness of vision, Vasarely's work is fully in keeping with the scientific, economic and social context of the 1960s and 1970s.


This exhibition allows us to realize how important Vasarely was in the culture of the time: fashion, design, graphics, television ... David Bowie will even use one of his paintings for the cover of his unforgettable album, "Space Oddity ".


Iconic, mythical ...

Form 1010 decor 5112, circa 1973

Porcelain, 70 x 70 cm

Edition 31/100

Private collection

Photo © Fabrice Lepeltier

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

Vega 222, 1969-1970

Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm

Erling Neby Collection, Oslo

Picture Øystein Thorvaldsen

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

Oerveng, Portfolio Progression 3, 1974

Poster offset, 41 x 41 cm

Editions du Griffon, Neuchâtel

© Editions du Griffon, Neuchâtel

© Adagp, Paris, 2018

Ruhr, 1950

Oil on canvas, 114 x 195 cm

Erling Neby Collection, Oslo

Picture Øystein Thorvaldsen

© Adagp, Paris, 2018