# MARCH 000A. 7. THE WORLD'S TOP Private Museums WORLD LUXURY Issue 2015 - The Vasarely Museum, Budapest, HUNGARY - Optical Spaces - The Art of Vict

 

 

 

It is remarkable that the small, Central European country of Hungary, with a population of approximately 10 million, has been occupied by a series of foreign invaders like the Huns, Turks, Germans, and Russians over the past centuries, yet has produced so many extraordinary talents: scientists, musicians, conductors, composers, inventors, writers, artists; twelve Nobel laureates to date. Two of its most well-known native sons are Erno Rubik, of Rubik’s Cube fame and the amazing artist, Victor Vasarely, the ‘father’ of Op Art.

 

In the 1960s and 1970s, Vasarely’s kinetic optical images became part of the popular culture and had a deep impact on architecture, computer science, fashion, 3D filmmaking and the world of art. His works transformed the flat surface into “a world of unending possibilities”. He combined geometry with figurative art in a range of spectacular colors and shapes that gave the impression of psychedelic visuals.

 

Vasarely began his career as a graphics designer and evolved into a poster artist who combined patterns and organic images with each other to create black and white as well as brilliantly colored paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and three dimensional artworks. He even designed tableware for the prestigious German Rosenthal China firm.

 

In 1987, despite having left his homeland with his family to live in France, Vasarely established a private museum of his works and a few of his wife’s and son Yvaral’s works in the Zichy Mansion in Budapest. Count Michael Zichy had commissioned the building of the pink and white mansion in 1745. The elongated, rectangular, 2-storey building has massive, fortress-like walls high above the Danube River. It is the perfect repository for over 400 pieces of Vasarely’s magnificent optical ‘illusions’ in the form of paintings and tapestries. The Museum gives a most compelling and comprehensive overview of this unique artist’s spectacular oeuvre.

 

Not only are Vasarely’s colors dazzling but they, as well as his black and white compositions, are provocative and challenging to the viewer. His geometric, abstract art suggests constant movement without any actual movement and thus forces the viewer into active participation with his every piece. Each has a magical element that draws the viewer into its ‘web’ no matter the color or the shape.

 

The Vasarely Museum experience is magical on many levels. The works themselves are exquisite and they elicit not only pleasure and appreciation but also sheer awe at their originality of style and execution.

 

Address: 6 Szentlelek-ter, Obuda, Budapest 1033, Hungary

Telephone: 36 1 388 7551   www.vasarely.hu

Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:30PM

Admission: Adults: $4. Students & Seniors: $2. Photo Permit: $1. Video Permit: $7.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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