40th anniversary of the Vasarely Fondation

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of Victor Vasarely as well as the 40th birthday of the Fondation Vasarely, an exhibition called “MultipliCité”, devoted to the artist, will be held from 2 June to 2 October 2016. “MultipliCité” is a three-part exhibition presented by the Musée Vouland in Avignon, the Château de Gordes and the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. The Musée Vouland will be presenting an exhibition called “En mouvement”; the Château de Gorde, “L’Alphabet plastique”; and finally “L’Art pour tous” in the Centre Architectonique that hosts the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition is being organised in partnership with the Fondation Vasarely, the Fondation Vouland, the Musée de Gordes, the Pécs Museum in Hungary (from where the artist originates) and finally the Budapest Museum. Born in 1906, Vasarely produced unique and socially-aware work while living through the 20th century’s events. A major figure in Kinetic Art and Optic (Op) Art, he continually asserted art’s social dimension, following in the trail of the...

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The latest on the Vasarely Affair

Paris’s Court of Appeal has settled a decision, dating back to 1995, concerning the distribution of works between the Fondation Vasarely and the artist’s heirs. The court attributed the majority of the property in question to the Foundation, situated in Aix en Provence, and to Victor Vasarely’s two sons, André and Jean-Pierre (an artist also known as Yvaral). The Foundation pays homage to the work of the Hungarian-born artist, who died in 1997. The aforementioned property included some works that the Vasarely couple, the Foundation’s creators, had previously said to be inseparable from the Foundation. Following a decision taken in 1995, the majority of the works left the Foundation, with the exception of some monumental pieces produced especially for the building. This decision is another event in a series of disputes between Pierre Vasarely, the artist’s grandson, and Michèle Taburno-Vasarely, Jean-Pierre Vasarely’s second wife. Whilst married to Jean-Pierre Vasarely — the President of the Foundation in 1995 — Michèle Taburno-Vasarely is suspected to have profited from her position to organise the inheritance and deprive the museum of its...

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Julie Poncet’s exposed body

Aix-en-Provence, 4 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 2 to 23 November, Aix-en-Provence’s Franck Marcelin Gallery is to present ’Sténocorpée’, an exhibition of self portraits by artist Julie Poncet. The artist’s work engages with the female body and notions of exposure, with Pincet said to have been inspired by Louis Blanc’s photographic series cORpuS, which features nude self-portraits of Blanc in black and white. Though Pincet digitally produces her works, her technique is evocative of traditional pinhole photography, with the artist using a camera with a body cap. Commenting on her work, which is described as a dialogue woven through the female form, Poncet states: “I love the gentle and soft outcome that is produced using a pinhole camera, as it produces nude photographs which still retain a certain modesty, a velvety...

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Albert Camus, citizen of the world, at the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, 25 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 5 October 2013 until 4 January 2014, the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence is offering the exhibition “Albert Camus, citoyen du monde” (“Albert Camus, citizen of the world”). To mark the centenary of the birth of the author (1913-1960), the city of Aix-en-Provence has sponsored the project, directed by artist Yacine Ait Kaci. The exhibition is offering the discovery, or rediscovery, of original texts and archives, indeed the entire wealth of the Camus Fund (located in Aix-en-Provence), as well as other immersive audio-visual, multimedia, poetic and artistic pieces, set within the thoughts, words and feelings of Camus. The team has created the exhibition around ten words: “Places, Professions, Friendship, Technique, Love, History, War, Language, Pensée de midi (an image used by Camus to clarify his thoughts), and Kingdom”. Each word is a unit, embodied by a screen of cloth, which plays on the ideas of transparency and dual readings. The researchers began by looking through 200 citations and archival documents which were then animated by the artist. Some of the documents from the Camus Fund are also to be arranged in a more scientific way within display cases. Yacine Ait Kaci is today focusing on non-linear narration and direction. “Albert Camus, citoyen du monde” is his first solo...

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Artistic production at Camp des Milles

Aix-en-Provence, 5 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). An exhibition is to take place from 20 September to 15 December 2013, at the memorial site of the Camp des Milles in Aix-En-Provence. This camp is the only large French internment and deportation camp that is still intact and accessible to the public. Between 1939 and July 1942, before becoming a deportation camp for more than 2,000 Jewish men, women and children, who were sent to Auschwitz to die, this camp was the first used to trap hundreds of Germans who were considered as enemies and undesirable strangers. Among them were artists who fled the Nazi regime. The show is to feature works created during this period by artists including Hans Bellmer, Max Ernst, Ferdinand Springer and Wols – each representing the artists’s continuing commitment to artistic production in the face of adversity. This exhibition examines the intellectual and moral implications of artistic production in this period, as well as the effect which the difficult living conditions of the time had on the works of artists....

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