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Victor Vasarely

  • 10th March - 7th April, 2017

Utopias are like stars: they are unattainable but show the right way.
Ancient Middle-Eastern proverb

Eleven chosen works will be featured: oils and acrylics on canvas, temperas and collages, covering a period from 1947 to 1985. The renowned founder of Optical Art, the movement that plays with the endless scope for illusion that may be created with geometric shapes and colours, a tireless researcher of abstract and modular, static and moving images, Vasarely (Pécs, Hungary 1906 – Paris 1997) believed in figurative art as the construction of a great utopia: a place that isn’t there, the perfect social and apparently impossible space; however, just like his beautiful foundation in Aix en Provence, a space which gradually became constructible, possible and concrete, thanks to new and ever greater technological conquests. An art form as a kind of education to seeing, a kind of geometric, abstract painting, bereft of any organic or physiological reference, in an exclusively mental, rational and Pythagorean dimension, in which the ephemeral chant of celestial spheres is crystallised in geometric, rhythmic and modular chessboards, well-ordered yet pulsating; where “the best of all possible worlds” is at the same time abstraction and vision, illusion and reality.

Paolo Repetto