Museu Berardo
Bacalhôa Vinhos de Portugal
Fundação Berardo

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 Vasarely, Victor (1908 - 1997)

Bellatrix II, 1957

Oil on canvas;
194.3 x 129.8 x 3.2 cm
Op Art

UID 102-588


Painter and designer, born in Pecs, Hungary. Pioneer in the development of almost every optical device for the creation of a new art of visual illusion. Studied in Budapest at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy, then at the Mühely Academy of graphic arts run by Alexander Bortnyik known as the Budapest Bauhaus, where Moholy-Nagy was teacher. Moved to Paris in 1930. From 1944 devoted himself exclusively to optical art and theories of perception. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1944, with restless conflicting patterns incorporating zebras, chessboards, etc. Decided in 1947 to concentrate on constructive-geometric abstraction. Pioneered Op art in the later 1950s with compositions based on a continual aggressive interaction between different kinds of pattern, and invented a plastic alphabet of standardised colours, shapes, etc.. Designed screen prints and tapestries. In 1958, first one-man show in the United States at the Rose Fried Gallery, New York; 1973 retrospective, Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1993, Museum of Art, Tokyo; 1978, Vasarely Centre, New York, similar Centre in Oslo, in 1982. Awarded the Grand Prix jointly with Burri at the 1965 São Paulo Bienal and one of four equal main prizes for painting at the 1967 Pittsburgh International. Founded a museum of his own work at the Chateau de Gordes in 1970 and the Vasarely Fondation at Aix-en-Provence, 1976.


Vasarely in Retrospect
Vancouver Art Gallery, Australia
01-03-1972 ~ 30-03-1972

Société Auxiliaire des Expositions du Palais des Beaux Arts, France
01-01-1960 ~ 28-02-1960

Accrochage Nº1, Selection of Portuguese and French Artists in The Berardo Collection
Embaixada de França (French Embassy), Portugal
27-04-2005 ~ 15-10-2005

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Arte Cinética / Arte Op na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
29-09-2001 ~ 31-10-2001

De Miró à Warhol. La Collection Berardo à Paris
Musée du Luxembourg, France
16-10-2008 ~ 22-02-2009

A Revolução Cinética
Museu do Chiado, Portugal
13-03-2008 ~ 15-06-2008


Accrochage Nº1, Selection of Portuguese and French Artists in The Berardo Collection, 2005
Published by 90 Graus Editora, Lda.
ISBN 9728964013

Christie's Contemporary Art, 1993
Published by Christie's

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

Vasarely, 1960
Published by Société Auxiliare des Expositions du Palais des Beaux Arts

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