Victor Vasarely was born on April 9, 1908 in Pécs, Hungary. In 1925 he began studying medicine but switched in 1927 to the Poldini-Volkmann Academy of Art in Budapest. He constinued his art studies at the Mirkely Academy, the so-called Bauhaus of Budapest (1928-29). Moved to Paris in 1930 and began working in commercial art.
His first period of free graphic work lasted from 1936-44: Denfert Periode, Belle Isle, 1938; Co-founder of the Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1944. He took up constructive-geometrical abstract graphic art in 1947. Beginning in 1948, his first series appeared, called 'Periodes': Denfert, Cristal-Gordes, Schwarz-Weiss (Black and White). In 1955, The Yellow Manifest (Kinetics). In addition to graphics and paintings, he also did architectonic work, integrated color design, tapestries, art films, design, plastic art and stage sets. Moved from Arcueil to Annet-sur-Marne 1961. Began 'Planetary Folklore', 1962. Awards and honors were heaped upon him from 1964 on. His artistic and cultural journalism found a wide acclaim. Vasarely became one of the most popular abstract artists of his time. Vasarely Educational Museum opened in Gordes, Vaucluse in 1971 and kept its doors open to the public until 1997. Creation of the Vasarely Foundation in 1970-71. Establishment of the Friends of the Vasarely Foundation in 1972. Vasarely's writings from 1947-69 were published. Opening of the Fondation Vasarely Research Center in Aix-en-Provence in 1976. Efforts at restructuring of the council. Vasarely Museum opened in Pécs (Hungary). A Vasarely Center was opened in Oslo, 1982. Vasarely died at an old age on March 15, 1997 in his studio near Paris. Part of his artwork was administered until 1997 by the Vasarely Foundation.
(c) Evi Kliemand, 1998. all rights reserved. Reproduced with the kind permission of the author.
VASARELY MUSEUM BUDAPEST
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spanien
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
Museo Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spanien
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Italien
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spanien
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentinien
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spanien
Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spanien
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Vereinigtes Königreich
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Tate Gallery, London, Vereinigtes Königreich
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, USA