Arkas launched two important Victor Vasarely retrospective exhibitions in 2017; the first one was in February in Istanbul and the other in April in Izmir Arkas Art Centre. Now Arkas is exhibiting its collection in the “Lucien Arkas” room in the Vasarely Foundation.
The items in the Arkas Collection, which are the works of Victor Vasarely, the modern Hungarian artist who is the pioneer of the “Op-Art” movement, are in display at the Victor Vasarely Foundation Museum in Aix en Provence in South France, within the context of the original works of Victor Vasarely dated between 1930-1990.
The Museum’s exhibition hall titled “Lucien Arkas” will be home to nine works of Victor Vasarely, from the Arkas Collection, for two years.
Reporting that the works of Victor Vasarely will be sorted chronologically in the exhibition, Arkas Holding Art Consultant Niko Filidis also stated that the foundation had works from certain periods missing, which they compensated for from the Arkas Collection. The works were personally chosen by Pierre Vasarely, Victor Vasarely’s grandson and President of the Vasarely Foundation, Lucien Arkas, Arkas Holding President, and Niko Filidis, Arkas Holding Art Consultant.
An extraordinary museum for an extraordinary collection
The “Vasarely Foundation”, which was founded in 1966 by Victor Vasarely to actualize his view of “Art for Everyone” was opened to public on 14 February 1976 by Victor Vasarely and with contributions from Claude Pompidou, the French President Georges Pompidou’s spouse and Jacque Chirac, the French Prime Minister. The foundation’s building is almost as striking as the artist’s works. Conceptualized by architect John Sonnier and Dominique Ronsseray in 1973 based on Vasarely’s schematics, the building is located in Aix-en-Provence, France.
On a field of 169 hectares, a 5000-sqm closed space presents as much as 44 Vasarely works for visitors to see.
Home to 200 original works and documents which is a cultural meditation experience for the visitors, the museum readily enables its visitors to become aware of or re-explore the very wide range of the plastic artworks Vasarely created as a graphic designer, which spans from art works integrated onto buildings, all the way to the utopic “Polychrome City of Happiness”.
The Works Were Previously Displayed in Istanbul and Izmir
Last year, Arkas Holding displayed Vasarely’s retrospective exhibition in Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Centre, Istanbul, a first in Turkey, and Arkas Art Centre, Izmir, for art lovers.
The “superstar” of the 70s, Vasarely generously adapted Op (optical) Art to painting, architecture, design and even fashion, which is a manifestation of his principle that “everyone should get their share”. Stating “The art of tomorrow will be a collective treasure or it will not be art at all”, Vasarely, a sophisticated artist, was the product of a well-founded Bauhaus training who did not stop producing art even amongst the tragedy caused by World War II which turned Europe upside down and who elevated wall banners to an artistic level.
“A Magician With Perfect Vision”
Granted an honorary membership in board due to collaborative works between the Vasarely Foundation and Arkas Art in the last five years, Lucien Arkas tells the story of how he started collecting Vasarely’s works. “At the end of the 60s I discovered the ‘Optic Art’ which greatly influenced the artistic circles in Europe and the USA. Victory Vasarely became a very prominent name in the 70s, equal to the artists such as Frank Stella, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth and he became a pioneering figure in this movement. After exploring Vasarely’s magical world, I started collecting the works of this magician with a perfect vision as far as my economic conditions allowed me. The artist’s works, which portray his impeccable mastership in geometry, still baffle and astonish me today. If you look at the works very closely, the illusion created by the patterns’ movements is fascinating”.