“Vasarely Foundation”

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 Fondation Vasarely classified as Monument Historique, interview with Pierre Vasarely

Aix-en-Provence, 25 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 14 January 2013, the National Commission unanimously classified the Fondation Vasarely as a Monument Historique. Art Media Agency met with Pierre Vasarely, grandson of the Hungarian-French plastic artist (Pécs 1906-Paris 1997) and Chairman of the foundation, in order to learn more about the classification process and its inherent stakes. Art Media Agency (AMA): In a few words, could you recall the history of the foundation? Pierre Vasarely (PV): The Foundation resulted from the lives of Claire and Victor Vasarely who created it. When speaking of the Foundation, one has to mention the Musée Didactique de Gordes in Vaucluse (closed in 1996) and the Centre Architectonique d’Aix-en-Provence. Il believe it was the first time a living artist decided to dedicate his entire fortune to producing an institution of public utility. Claire and Victor Vasarely designed this building as an open space, turned towards the future, which in addition to making his work durable established a kind of laboratory for artists, musicians, scientists, industrialists, colourists, architects and city planners to gather and work jointly. AMA : The Fondation Vasarely comes classified as Monument Historique forty years after the Centre Architectonique d’Aix-en-Provence foundation was build. Why such a delay? PV: Some time is always necessary, to prepare minds and accept the idea of a classification. The Ministry of Culture obviously needs some distance and support before making a decision of the kind, notably when it comes to establish the historical interest of the place. Nowadays, it is obvious the Fondation Vasarely building is highly emblematic of late 20th-century architecture. It is not insignificant that the place should join the Monuments Historiques list. This comes as the result of a long process, for the infrastructure was established as a public utility as soon as 1971,...

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The Vasarely affair: the soap opera continues

Paris, 14 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Being an heir to a well–known artist, whose oeuvre goes at decent prices on the market, is certainly no easy task. Following in the footsteps of the Picassos and other families of famous artists, the Vasarelys has been tearing each other apart for nineteen years now, in spite of the potential damage to the artist’s work and reputation. With over ten lawsuits clocked up, various contradictory judgments and press articles, as well as several blogs constantly updated by each member involved — who all assure of course they are telling the truth —, it is relatively impossible to see clearly when it comes to the Vasarely affair. At the start of the month, the Court of First Instance in France gave Pierre Vasarely the moral rights to the work of his grandfather. Michèle Taburno-Vasarely — the artist’s daughter-in-law, step-mother to Pierre Vasarely and loser of the case —, stated in a press release: “The devolution of moral rights to Pierre VASARHELYI [written as such in the statement] is not definitive.” It is thus clear that the legal saga is far from over, with Taburno–Vasarely planning on going to the cour de cassation: the French Supreme Court of Judicature. In the meantime, actors in the art world refuse to organise any major exhibition on Victor Vasarely, for fear that one of his heirs will impede the event at the last minute. So as to better understand the ins–and–outs of the affair, here are some of the main facts that have nourished the French and international press over the last 20 years: 1990: Claire, Victor Vasarely’s wife, dies. 1992: Charles Debbasch, president of the Vasarely Foundation is accused of fraud and abuse of confidence by the artist’s heirs. Debbasch, fires Pierre Vasarely for...

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