FONDATION VASARELY : Self visit exhibition MODERNITES COSMIQUES + permanent collection

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Modernités Cosmiques : From june, 18th, 2022 until until october, 16th, 2022.

After the presentation of two outstanding exhibitions, The Permanent Revolution in 2019 and South-East, Constructivism as a Legacy / Eastern Europe and South America, in 2020-21, the collaboration initiated between the Fondation Vasarely and the Centre Pompidou continues this year with the exhibition Modernités cosmiques. It will be held from June 18 to October 16, 2022, at the Architectonic Centre, Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence.
This event will be an opportunity to see masterpieces of modernity from the collections of the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, and the works of artists who share a common source of inspiration: the cosmos and the infinitely large.
This exhibition will show the interest of avant-garde artists in sidereal observation, which is known to be present in the work of Victor Vasarely, and its persistence in current artistic creation. 
The exhibition weaves the links between the cosmic imagination and artistic modernity by presenting works from different aesthetics and periods from the 1920s to the present day. From Frantisek KUPKA, to Antoine PEVSNER, via Jean DEWASNE, BRASSAI, Lucio FONTANA, Evariste RICHER, Max ERNST, Alain JACQUET… these artists reveal in their perception and interpretation of the stars and the cosmos. 
Its curator, Michel Gauthier, curator at the Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, offers here, in a selection of twenty-four works and twenty artists, a fascinating reading of modern and contemporary art through the cosmic prism.

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
    • Type of activity :
      • Exhibition
      • Museum
    • Means of transport :
      • walking
    • Duration :
      • 2h
    • Time of day :
      • in the morning
      • in the afternoon
    • Accessibility of the service to disabled people :
      • Physical handicap
    • On site :
      • Souvenir shop
      • Audioguide available
      • Toilets
      • Car park
      • Bus park
    • Audioguide - language(s) available :
      • French
      • English
      • German
    • Other information :
      • Tested by our travel advisors
      • No pets allowed
    • Access :
      • appointment directly with the service provider
      • accessible by public transport


    1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
    CS 50490
    GPS coordinates
    Latitude : 43.52131
    Longitude : 5.42498