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Op-Art Intrigue

Published on November 26, 2008

In the mid-1970s Victor Vasarely designed and paid for the construction of what he christened the Centre Architectonique d’Aix-en-Provence. The structure was intended to act as a permanent exhibition space for Vasarely’s work, but also as a populist community center for artists and designers, a focal point for an as-yet-unrealized artists’ colony. Today the building is largely disused and in disrepair. What’s worse, the majority of the artist’s archive, which was housed in the Centre and a second museum he established in Gordes, has been pilfered by Vasarely’s relatives and sold off. His grandson, Pierre Vasarely, is out to right such wrongs and has been involved in a court battle with his step-mother Michèle Taburno for years. Taburno is generally credited with masterminding the dilution of Vasarely’s archive and has made herself quite wealthy in the process. The whole sordid story was covered by Artinfo.

Monument marking the entry to the Vasarely Foundation

Vasarely Foundation, Aix-en-Provence

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1 Comment

  1. Andrew says:

    WOW! I’ve never seen an aerial view of the Vasarely Foundation. That is impressive.

    Thank you!

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