FONDATION VASARELY - Exhibition VASARELY AVANT L’OP, European abstraction, 1945-1955 + Permanent collectionses

FONDATION VASARELY - Exposition VASARELY AVANT L’OP, UNE ABSTRACTION EUROPÉENNE, 1945-1955FONDATION VASARELY - Exposition VASARELY AVANT L’OP, UNE ABSTRACTION EUROPÉENNE, 1945-1955Victor VASARELY, Hô II - 1948-1952 - Huile sur toile - 130 x 81 cm. Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle © Adagp, Paris,:Jean DESWANE, Barbara, 1949 - Peinture laque industrielle sur contreplaqué - 151,8 x 245 cm. Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne / Centre de création industrielle © Adagp, Paris


From  June 17th to October 15th, 2023 : Exhibition VASARELY AVANT L’OP, European abstraction, 1945-1955.

In the aftermath of the war, Victor Vasarely, who had been successful in advertising graphics since his arrival in France in 1930, decided to become a full-fledged artist. In the summer of 1944, in the exhibition “Vasarely ˗ dessins et compositions graphiques”, at the Denise René gallery, newly created at his instigation, he showed again the works whose painting he was to produce during the following years, and with which he was to take his place fully in the art world, seemed to put in abeyance the achievements. After having gone wrong with a kind of surrealism marked by the horrors of war and camps, Vasarely turned to an abstraction embodied in three main series, Belle-Isle, Gordes-Cristal and Denfert, which could nevertheless be combined, even if the artist cast a critical eye on these hybridisations which make the concept lose its purity by giving in to a guilty formal hedonism. How should we view these paintings which quickly assured Vasarely a place of choice on the Parisian scene, before the optic turn in his art ?

Inaugurated in 1976, the architectonic center of Aix-en-Provence reflects the essence of Vasarely’s mission. Designed as a place of exchange, experiments and new encounters, this multi-disciplinary “laboratory” would bring together plastic arts, architecture, new technologies, chemistry, and other disciplines. The ““polychromatic city of happiness” was born.

Designed by Vasarely in collaboration with architects Jean Sonnier, Dominique Ronsseray and Claude Pradel-Lebar, the 5,000 sq. meter building is an example of the very same urban design which the Foundation seeks to promote.

Sixteen hexagon-based modules are embedded in a gigantic building using technology and materials endorsed by modern art movements. The honeycomb structure presents various models of the integration of plastic arts and architecture, using optical art as its common ground.


  • Self visit with free booklets in english german, spanish, dutch, italian, hungarian, swedish, chinese, portuguese, & greec.
  • Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Duration : 1 to 2h
  • Access to temporary exhibits included.

Pets are forbidden.


  • Adult :  15€
  • Student under 26s, senior (+65s) : 12€
  • Child 10-15s :  8€
  • Child 5-9s : 5€
  • Family rate (2 adults + 3 child under 15s) : 40€
  •  Aix en Provence City Pass : 3€
  • Free for child under 5s
  • Audioguide available
    Audioguide available
  • Car park
    Car park
  • No pets allowed
    No pets allowed
  • Access for disabled people
    Access for disabled people
  • Tested by our advisory team
    Tested by our advisory team
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  • Accessibility of the service to disabled people :
    • Physical handicap
  • Duration :
    • 1h
  • Time of day :
    • in the afternoon
    • in the morning
  • Means of transport :
    • walking
  • Type of activity :
    • Exhibition
    • Museum
  • Audioguide - language(s) available :
    • Chinese
    • German
    • Spanish
    • French
    • English
    • Italian
    • Dutch
    • Portuguese
  • Other information :
    • Tested by our travel advisors
    • No pets allowed
  • On site :
    • Audioguide available
    • Toilets
    • Car park
    • Bus park
    • Souvenir shop
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    • apointment directly with the service provider
    • accessible by public transport


1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
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