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12/10/2022 - 16/12/2022

Mid C20th - Painting


Victor Vasarely (1906-97) curated by Arnauld Pierre - Einstein in the Sky with Diamonds

Mon-Fri: 10-6pm

Mazzoleni presents Victor Vasarely, Einstein in the Sky with Diamonds, a selection of ten major works by the master of optical and kinetic art, covering almost his entire career from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The exhibition presents some of the first compositions in which Vasarely experimented with the activation of the surface by the use of small, repeated geometric units and the vibrant alternation of black and white patterns. Dating from the 1950s, these works invented the language of Op Art.

The exhibition is dominated by Einstein-Ker (1976), a large canvas whose title refers to the founder of the theory of relativity, Albert Einstein. Fascinated by the scientific discoveries of his time, Vasarely sought to translate them into “plastic equivalents”. According to his approach, the alternation of positive and negative in the 1950s compositions would visually express the hypothesis of anti-matter and the existence of mirror universes.


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