Victor Vasarely

- Selected Works
- Biography

Victor Vasarely (1908 – 1997) was born at Pécs in Hungary. He studied in Budapest at the Podolini-Volkmann Academy, then at the Mühely school of graphic arts run by Alexander Bortnyik in the tradition of the Bauhaus. He moved to Paris in 1930, where he worked until 1940 as a commercial artist, mainly designing posters, with a marked interest in trompe-l’oeil effects, graphic patterns and space illusions. From 1944 he devoted himself exclusively to painting and the same year the Galerie Denise René, Paris hosts his first one-man exhibition. From 1947 he concentrates on constructive-geometric abstraction and in the later 1950s he pioneered Op art (aka Optical Art) with compositions based on a continual aggressive interaction between different kinds of pattern, and invented a plastic alphabet of standardised colours and shapes which could be used in a wide range of permutations and would lend itself to endless reproduction. He gained great fame and received various awards all around the world.  In 1970 he founded a museum to show his own work at the Château de Gordes and six years later he creates the Fondation Vasarely at Aix-en-Provence.

- Exhibitions
  • 2017

    Victor Vasarely - Repetto Gallery, London.

  • 2016

    Victor Vasarely - Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York City, NY
    Victor Vasarely - The Absolute Eye - Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
    Victor Vasarely - Pour un Manifeste - OTCA, London

  • 2015

    Victor Vasarely - New Acquisition II - Muzeum Umeni Olomouc, Olomouc

  • 2014

    Victor Vasarely - The joy of movement - Koller Gallery, Budapest
    Victor Vasarely - Optical Paintings - EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo
    Victor Vasarely – Early Drawings and Graphic Designs in the Collection - Museum of Fine Arts - Budapest, Budapest

  • 2013

    Victor Vasarely - Museo Rayo - Museo de dibujo y grabado latinoamericano, Roldanillo
    A tribute to Victor Vasarely - Galerie Lahumière, Paris
    Vasarely - Hommage - Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
    Vasarely - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris
    Optical Spaces - Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Dallas, TX

  • 2012

    Victor Vasarely - Galerie Lahumière, Paris

  • 2011

    Victor Vasarely - une rétrospective 1948 - 1975 - Galerie Lahumière, Paris
    Victor Vasarely: Optical Perspectives - Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan
    Victor Vasarely - Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

  • 2010

    Viktor Vazareli - Grafike i objekti - Museum Of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad

  • 2009

    Victor Vasarely - Mathematikum e.V., Gießen
    Imagen Inestable - Galería Animal, Santiago

  • 2008

    Victor Vasarely - "GRÁFICA" / Sala Gráfica - Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago
    ACCROCHAGE - Victor Vasarely - Galerie Haas & Fuchs - Berlin, Berlin
    Victor Vasarely: Works from the Tibor Csepei's Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, Skopje

  • 2007

    Victor Vasarely - Muzeum Umeni Olomouc / The Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc
    Victor Vasarely - Galerie Pascal Lansberg, Paris
    Victor Vasarely - Altes Rathaus, Bayreuth

  • 2006

    Victor Vasarély - Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich

  • 2005

    Druckgrafik - Galerie Kley, Hamm
    The absolute eye - Herakleidon Museum, Athens
    Victor Vasarely in Black & White - Robert Sandelson, London
    Victor Vasarely - Die Täuschung - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems

  • 2004

    Victor Vasarely - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
    best of Vasarely - Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Wien, Vienna

  • 2003

    best of Vasarely - Rudolf Budja Galerie / Artmosphere Salzburg, Salzburg
    An Optical Experience: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
    Victor Vasarely - Galleria Melesi, Lecco
    Victor Vasarely - Milan Dobes Museum, Bratislava

  • 2001

    Victor Vasarely - Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf

  • 2000

    Victor Vaserely - Kunstverein Aurich e.V. / Kunstpavillon am Ellernfeld, Aurich
    Späte Werke - Art Edition Fils, Dusseldorf
    Viktor Vasarely - Späte Werke - anders galerie im stilwerk, Dusseldorf
    Selected Works of Victor Vasarely - Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
    Vasarely - Fundación Juan March, Madrid

  • 1999

    Victor Vasarely - Galerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf

  • 1998

    Vasarely - Erfinder der Op-art - Quadrat Bottrop - Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop
    Victor Vasarely - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
    Vasarely - Erfinder der Op-art - Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg

  • 1997

    Vasarely - Erfinder der Op-art - Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen

  • 1993

    Victor Vasarely - Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden

  • 1987

    Viktor Vasarely - 27 Druckgrafische Einzelblätter - Kunstverein Schwerte, Schwerte

  • 1986

    Vasarely. Werke aus sechs Jahrzehnten - Villa Merkel - Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen

  • 1985

    Victor Vasarely - Kunsthalle Szombathely, Szombathely

  • 1981

    Victor Vasarely - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1980

    Victor Vasarely - Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
    Victor Vasarely - Arbeiten von 1933-1980 - Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne

  • 1976

    Vasarely - Akira Ikeda - Nagoya, Nagoya

  • 1974

    Vasarely - University Avenue, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • 1973

    Vasarely - Gallery Moos, Toronto, ON

  • 1972

    Vasarely - Sidney Janis Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1969

    Vasarely - Sidney Janis Gallery, New York City, NY
    Victor Vasarely - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
    Victory Vasarely – Graphics - Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK
    Victor Vasarely - Galería René Metras, Barcelona

  • 1968

    Vasarely - Galerie M Beck / Edition Monika Beck, Homburg/Saar
    Vasarely - Galleria del Cavallino, Venice
    Vasarely - Sidney Janis Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1967

    Victor Vasarely: bilder + objekte - (op) art galerie, Esslingen
    Victor Vasarely - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
    Victor Vasarely: Paintings and Collages - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Vasarely - Serigrafieën - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam

  • 1966

    VASARELY- Peintures récentes - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris
    Victor Vasarely - Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck
    Vasarely - Feigen Inc., Chicago, IL
    Vasarely: An Exhibition of Recent Paintings - Sidney Janis Gallery, New York City, NY

  • 1965

    Victor Vasarely - Galerie Handschin, Basel
    Victor Vasarely - Paintings - Pace Gallery - NY, New York City, NY
    Vasarely - Hanover Gallery, London

  • 1964

    Victor Vasarely - Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
    Victor Vasarely - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
    Victor Vasarely - Werke von 1935 bis 1963 - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
    Victor Vasarely - Paintings, Sculpture, Prints - Pace Gallery - NY, New York City, NY
    Vasarely - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf

  • 1963

    Vasarely - Peintures Cinétiques - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris
    Victor Vasarely - CAC - Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

  • 1962

    Victor Vasarely - Paintings - Pace Gallery - Boston, Boston, MA

  • 1961

    Victor Vasarely - Hanover Gallery, London
    Vasarely - Lorenzelli Arte, Milan

  • 1960

    Vasarely - Petits Formats, Gouaches, Reliefs - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris
    Vasarely - Peinture Cinétique - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

  • 1959

    Vasarely - Tableaux Cinétiques. - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris

  • 1955

    Vasarely - Les éléments De La Plastique Cinétique - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris

  • 1954

    Vasarely - BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

  • 1952

    Vasarely - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris

  • 1949

    Vasarely - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris

  • 1946

    Vasarely - Peintures - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris

  • 1944

    VASARELY - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris

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