Kvarner newsletter / no 23

Kortil Gallery, Rijeka
Representative exhibition of works by the father of op-art

Lovers of the abstract geometrical arts should not miss the opportunity to visit the exhibition of the Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely, the founder of op-art, which runs until the 15th of January 2010 in Rijeka's Kortil Gallery in the Sušak district. The exhibition will display approximately forty pieces from between 1930 and 1975 by this superb artist.

Rijeka's Kortil gallery, in the part of the town called Sušak, hosts an attractive exhibition of some representative works by the Hungarian artists Victor Vasarely, one of the leading artists of the 20th century. He was also the founder of the op-art – a genre of visual art that makes use of geometry and optics to create optical illusions and the impression of three-dimensionality and movement on flat surfaces. The exhibition shall remain open until the 15th of January and will include approximately forty works of op-art – graphics, tempera paintings, acrylic, drawings, serigraphs and large tapestries – which Vasarely created between 1930 and 1975.

At first, Vasarely's artistic work was mainly oriented at graphics. Later he moved towards applied arts, and in the 1950s he started creating works that were later, in the 1960s, internationally recognised as op-art. Similar optical illusions can today be created in any computer drawing programme. This Hungarian artist's greatness lies in the fact that he manually produced what today can simply be done by computers as early as 1948.

Victor Vasarely was born in 1906 in Pécs and lived in France from 1930 until his death in 1997. However, the love for his home town never ceased, which is why most of his works are today located in the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs. The collection includes approximately 400 most significant Vasarely's works, which have until now been admired by more than one million people in Pécs and in various travelling shows.

Vasarely's works have so far been displayed in numerous towns in and outside Europe. Rijeka is now another town whose inhabitants and visitors have the chance to admire these great works of art.