CULTURE

Vasarely tribute in Athens

The second exhibition by cultural venue Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts, takes a long, elaborate look at the work of Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), the undisputable leader of the op art movement, with «The Absolute Eye.» In Vasarely’s world, shapes and figures are translated into a series of basic visual elements, all of which are used by the artist in order to pass on messages taking the form of sensational images. The exhibition, which marks 100 years since the Hungarian artist’s birth, opened at the Thiseion museum last week and is divided into three phases. The first stage (running to March 12, 2006) is dedicated to Vasarely’s serigraphy, showcasing about 70 works, including serigraphs, oil paintings, acrylics and rough drafts for advertisements, as well as personal items. Vasarely was a strong believer in «social art,» that which is not solely destined for the elite. In his writings, the artist made regular references to his faith in disseminating art and his belief in the value of multiples. In the second part of the exhibition (running to June, 2006), Vasarely’s work will be explored through the use of multimedia, while in the final phase, visitors will acquire firsthand, practical experience and will be invited to create op art images, aided by computer technology. «The Absolute Eye,» Herakleidon, Experience in Visual Arts, 16 Irakleidon, Thiseion, tel 210.346.1981. For more information, log on to www.herakleidon-art.gr.