«Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye»: From Museum Herakleidon/Greece to Mattatuck Museum/USA
18 February 2016-10 April 2016

The acclaimed exhibition «Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye» will be on view at the Mattatuck Museum from February 18 through April 10, 2016. The exhibition of 60 serigraphs and objects is on loan from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece.  This will be the first time a selection from the museum’s extensive Vasarely collection –one of the largest serigraph collections of Victor Vasarely– will be on view in the United States.

Victor Vasarely is the world-renowned Father of the Op Art movement, and this exhibition examines the optical and geometric grounding of his illusionistic art of multi-dimensional, polychrome spaces. Vasarely’s unprecedented use of perceptual abstraction and his early anticipation of the shift in human optics make him one of the most important artists of the 20th century. In his works, a flat static image acquires illusion of movement and volume; figurative image turns into abstract pattern, and vice versa. He played with background and color, combined geometric elements in a special way and experimented with materials.

His innovations in using optical illusions became extremely popular in the 1960s and 70s. His use of optical art in design, advertisement and architecture led to the popularization of the style and opt art became a part of everyday life. His work went on to influence a generation of young artists and had a lasting impact of print, poster, and fabric design.


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Adventures in Art & History

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