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Vasarely, Victor
French (1906-1977)



Born in Hungary in 1906, Op Art artist Victor Vasarely studied art at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy in Budapest and at the Muhely Academy where he became familiar with contemporary research in color and optics by Johannes Itten, Josef Albers and the Constructivists Malevich and Kandinsky. Following his first one-man show in Budapest in 1930, Vasarely moved to Paris and in 1944, had his first Paris exhibition at Galerie Denise René, which he helped to found. In 1955, Galerie Denise René hosted a major group exhibition in connection with Vasarely's painting experiments with movement. This first exhibition of kinetic art included works by Vasarely, Yaacov Agam, Pol Bury, Soto and Jean Tinguely, among others. Most Americans were first introduced to Vasarely by a groundbreaking exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1965. The show confirmed Vasarely's international reputation as the father of Op art.

Vasarely received numerous important awards and honors, including the Guggenheim Prize, New York; Painting Prize, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Grand Prize, Eighth Biennial of Art, Sao Paulo; Medal of Honor, Aix-en-Provence; Gold Medal, Milan Triennial; Foreign Ministers' Prize, Tokyo Biennale; and Certificate of Distinction and Presidential Citation, New York University. In 1970, he was named a Knight of the Legion of Honor in France. Vasarely received an honorary Ph.D. from Cleveland State University and was an honorary professor at the School of Applied Arts, Budapest, as well as an honorary citizen of New Orleans and Villeparisis, France.

Vasarely's works are held in the permanent collections of nearly every museum in the world including in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris; Hirschhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal; Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; Musee Boymans, Rotterdam; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Musee Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Musee de Leverkusen, Germany; Musee d'Art Moderne, Switzerland; Museum of Vienna and Tel Aviv Art Museum, among others. Major museums in Gordes and in Aix-en-Provence, France; in Pecs, Hungary; and a wing of the Zichy Palace, Hungary are devoted exclusively to the art of Vasarely.


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