Victor Vasarely

Born 1908, Pécs, Hungary

Died 1997, Annet-sur-Marne bei Paris


1927   Begins his artistic training at a private drawing school in Budapest. 

1928   Joins the training center Mühely, run by Sándor Bortnyik and influenced by the Bauhaus.

1930   Moves to Paris.  Becomes successful as a graphic designer. 

1947   Develops his own geometric form of abstraction, creating optical patterns with a kinetic effect through a grid in which he arranges geometric forms in brilliant colors.  This causes the viewer’s eye to perceive a fluctuating movement.

1954   Begins to actively support art in public spaces, designing murals of metal and ceramic. 

1955-1968   Exhibits regularly at the documenta in Kassel. 

1972   Designs the official spiral-shaped logo of the 20th Olympic games (Munich).

1976   Founds the Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence, supporting the creation of an institute for contemporary architecture and design, which opens in 1981.

1976   The Vasarely Musuem opens in Pécs. 

1987   Second museum opens in Zichy Palace in Budapest.