Vasarely, le partage des formes at Paris Centre Pompidou

From February 6 to May 6, 2018, Paris Centre Pompidou will dedicate an exhibition to Vasarely. This exhibit is the first French retrospective dedicated to the father of optical art for over 50 years, no need to say we’re eager to find it out!

One of the leading artists in the 70’s, Victor Vasarely will be brought back to life from February 6 to May 6, 2019 at Centre Pompidou thanks to a retrospective display, the first one in 50 years.

You must know Victor Vasarely’s works, the inventor of the Optical art, these works playing with geometrical shapes and colors to create systematic and scientific optical illusions.

During the exhibition, Centre Pompidou will tell you everything about the big steps of the artist’s life from his training following the Bauhaus movement to his latest innovations around the fourth dimension via a chronological tour.

We’ll go back to the 30’s when Vasarely comes to Paris for his job as a graphic artist for advertising agencies. During WWII, he rubs shoulders with Breton, Prévert and is interested in – among others – Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevitch and Klee.

It’s in this context he imagines the Op’ art, these systematic and almost scientific optical illusions likely to make objects sold. Lines, ellipses, ovals, squares and lots of black and white, matte, make your eyes lost and make visitors dive into a parallel universe. If Vasarely created small paintings, true experiences can be made in the installations filling the space, from the floor to the ceiling like at the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence.

Victor Vasarely will create over 430 original and inalienable works as 20,000 paintings and sketchings each more mind-blowing than the last. David Bowie will even use one of his painting for the “Space Oddity” cover, a wonderful recognition that settled him as the leading figure of the 30 years of post-war economic growth pop culture.

What works will Centre Pompidou choose to describe the mind-blowing Vasarely? Let’s find out in February 2019.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 14 January 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 6 February 2019 to 6 May 2019



    Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004 Paris 4

    Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"

    Recommended age
    For all

    Official website

    Book your tickets
    Click here to book

    Refine your search
    Refine your search
    Refine your search
    Refine your search