The creation of the Vasarely Foundation is more than anything a story of new alliances.
First the alliance of two ambitions, two ideas – those of an artist with those of a politician concerned with the future of his city.
Then there is the exchange between the worlds of art and crafts – often intimately connected to each other – and Industry. This relationship is naturally guided by innovation, whether in terms of materials (use of concrete, glass and aluminum), designs or techniques (windows, heating and air conditioning). Despite the presence of innovative elements, the works are fully respectful of tradition and the integrity of specialized trades.
The Vasarely Foundation also represents the alliance of Vasarely with a place, a culture. The choice of Aix-en-Provence was naturally driven by the city’s generous “offer”, by the freedom given to the artist in the design of his building and by its geographical location. It was mainly conditioned however by the artist’s passion for the South of France, for its light and for the role the Jas de Bouffan played in the story of Paul Cézanne.
Because Vasarely’s outlook was modern and progressive does not mean he neglected his roots. On the contrary, he constantly sought to place his work in a historical continuity, in a tradition, recognizing the legitimacy these would give his theories on social and plastic art.