Willy Decourty, Mayor, Yves de Jonghe d’Ardoye, Minister for Culture and Deputy, along with Claire Leblanc, Curator, invite you to enjoy the new season at the Museum of Ixelles.
It is with great pride that the Museum of Ixelles offers for this cultural season, a major exhibition of a modern art master, Victor Vasarely .
A key figure in Op Art, Victor Vasarely made an impact on the art of the latter part of the 20th century with his prolific geometric abstracts. A master of composition, combining, assembling and interchanging colours, shapes and dazzling geometric systems; Vasarely was truly accomplished in his commitment to a total vision of art advocating formal minimalism and optical effects. Playing with shape and colour or rhythmic monotone compositions, Vasarely captivates and fascinates with art that is both rich and refined.
Despite ardent fans, the artist experienced a fall from grace after his death. Interest has built gradually in recent years, allowing him significant placing in the history of abstraction and specifically in optical art. In Spring 2013 at the Grand Palais in Paris, curator Serge Lemoine presented the exhibition ‘Dynamo: A Century of Movement and Light in Art 1913-2013’ which highlighted the importance of Vasarely in the context of prominent modern art.
It is therefore with much enthusiasm that we welcome today’s tribute to the pictorial work of Vasarely presented by Serge Lemoine. Previously unseen, the exhibition and its catalogue invite you to discover the talent of a great painter as well as unique, rich and radically modern work.
We are proud to partner two prestigious European museums for this occasion. The Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, Switzerland and the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in Finland will play host to the exhibition during the course of 2014.
Undoubtedly, this exhibition at the Museum of Ixelles promises to be one of the finest tributes ever, to Victor Vasarely.
Ixelles "beyond these walls " – a wider audience
In October 2013, the permanent collection rooms will be under construction for a year to improve the conservation environment.
During this time, the Museum of Ixelles has taken the opportunity to exhibit the collections abroad. In Spring 2014, an exhibition of our treasures is scheduled at the Museum of Fine Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and subsequently at the Bellevue de la Ville in Biarritz (Summer 2014). A unique partnership has been formed with the Impressionist Museum in Giverny, France to exhibit ‘Brussels Impressionists’.
Our collections will be viewed and appreciated by a wider audience and thus consolidate our excellent international reputation.
The collections will be back on show from October 2014 – a date to remember!
Willy Decourty Yves de Jonghe Claire Leblanc
Mayor Honorary Deputy - Alderman of the Culture Conservator