Victor Vasarely

Born 1906
Hometown Pécs, Hungary
Education
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 1927

DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris

Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), Seoul

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Tate Britain, London

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran

Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Victor Vasarely is considered one of the most influential artists of the last century and is widely regarded as the father of the Op Art movement, a short-lived but influential movement in the mid 1900s. With a focus on carefully composed optical illusions and repeating patterns, the Op Art movement has gone on to influence abstract and geometric art for decades. After abandoning his medical studies at Budapest University in the early nineteen-twenties, Vasarely was influenced by the work of Joseph Albers, pursuing the study of color theory. Vasarely’s later graphic studies include his series of zebras, chessboards, flowers and spirals, through which he explored what he considered the two greatest tenants of artistic creation, “pure color” and “pure form.” In addition to his flat works, Vasarely also moved from two-dimensional forms with three-dimensional effects directly into three-dimensions, making sculptural works based on his renowned optical illusions.


Vasarely has had major museum shows and retrospectives at a large number of international institutions, including Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Musée Communal des Beaux-Arts, Charleroi and Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France, Musée Olympique, Lausanne, France, National Museum of Fine Arts, Algiers, Algeria, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aries, Argentina, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France, Galerie Lahmière, Paris, France.

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