Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou

Vasarely at the Centre Pompidou: a major exhibition in Paris

Vasarely, sharing forms

From 6 February to 6 May 2019

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From 6 February to 6 May 2019, half a century after its last major exhibition devoted to the artist, the Centre Pompidou offers the public the opportunity to rediscover the works of Victor Vasarely, the father of optical art. This new retrospective Vasarely, sharing forms brings together some 300 works, including 40 drawings and 1 model, and retraces the artistic career of the visual artist chronologically and thematically, from his early Bauhaus period to his latest Op Art works.  

A leading figure of the 1960s and 1970s, Victor Vasarely revolutionized art through his scientific artistic techniques, his science-fiction inspiration and his desire to create art that would have a widespread social distribution and be accessible to all. His paintings, sculptures, integration of art in architecture, advertisements ... gradually found their way into popularculture. In particular, he developed the interplay of materials, optical effects, shadows and lights in different shapes and colours, like the iconic work Vega, a distorted chequerboard pattern whose visual instability seeks to symbolize the elusive universe and its pulsations. With Vasarely, visual works begin to vibrate.

Vasarely, sharing forms is an opportunity to discover certain previously-unseen works and get an in-depth view of the artistic world of this Hungarian visual artist.


The Centre Pompidou, centre of art and culture

Centre Pompidou © Amélie Dupont - Architecte : Renzo Piano et Richard Rogers

Less than forty years old, but already an icon! Opened in 1977, the Centre Pompidou, often referred to as Beaubourg by Parisians, has become one of the liveliest and most visited attractions in the city. It’s a museum of course, but also a library, a place full of life, and with its multicoloured exterior designed by Renzo Piano, a unique monument in the heart of Paris. Six floors, unusual architecture and a view of the whole of Paris, which visitors love.

With nearly 100,000 works to its name, the Centre Pompidou displays impressive artistic heritage with masterpieces by Picasso, Kandinsky, Chagall, Matisse, Léger … But also numerous contemporary artworks: Boltanski, Buren, Hantai … Ever since it first opened, the Pompidou Centre has also hosted first-class temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Following its policy of making art accessible to all, it has opened another site in Metz, with both the building and the programme in line with the original in Paris!

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