An exhibition of works by the world-renowned leader of the Op Art movement, Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), opens at the Haggin Museum in Stockton on Thursday, June 2, 2022.
The Victor Vasarely Collection is comprised of more than 100 serigraphs, etchings, lithographs, and gouache paintings. This large collection of works by the French-Hungarian artist spans over five decades and touches on several of his art series before and after Op Art emerged in the 1960s.
Vasarely is best known for his bold geometric artworks that engage the viewer by creating optical illusions. The artist utilized repeating shapes and contrasting colors to create spatial depth and kinetic imagery. Vasarely continuously experimented with varying styles, colors, and materials to create his innovative geometric abstractions.
Following the Bauhaus principle that art should be interwoven into our everyday lives, Vasarely chose serigraphs as one of many mediums to make his art easily accessible. Vasarely continued to extend his vision into new forms and systems that changed modern art. Though not always recognizable, Vasarely’s contributions to the arts, science, and technology industries can still be seen today in design, architecture, clothing, and even computers.
This exhibition from the Firos Collection will be on view through July 3, 2022.
Victor Vasarely Collection is a single source traveling exhibit provided by Pan Art Connections Inc., www.pan-art-connections.com.
Haggin Museum is a nonprofit art and history museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located at 1201 N. Pershing Ave., Stockton, and is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (ages 65 and older), $5 for students and youth (ages 10-17), and free for children under 10, museum members, and on the first Saturday of each month. For more information, call 209-940-6300 or visit www.hagginmuseum.org.
Also, an Op Art Family Fun Event is set for Saturday, July 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Haggin Museum.
If you would you like to create one of your own kinetic pictures like Victor Vasarely, join in at the Haggin for a day of mind-bending optical art activities. Experiment with color, line, and shapes as you create your own work of Op Art. You’ll be able to choose from several activities and materials to personalize your Op Art.
Activities are family friendly and designed for all ages. Materials and activities are included with regular admission. Reservations are not required, and seating is available on a first come-first served basis.