1934            Born Jean-Pierre Vasarely on 25th January in Paris, France to Victor and Claire Vasarely.

1944-49       Educated at the Lycée Lakanal a Sceaux.

1950-53       Studies graphic art and publicity at the Ecolé des Arts Appliqués in Paris.

1954            First experiments with geometric abstract art.

1955            Creates his first kinetic works.
1960            Co-founds the Group de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) with Julio Le Parc, Francois Morellet,

                    Francisco Sobrino, Horacio Garcia Rossi and Joel Stein.

1963            Wins the Gold Medal at the 5th Biennale in San Marino (with GRAV).

1966            Begins work on the ‘Structured Horizons’ series.

1967            Completes an architectural project for the French Pavilion at the World Expo, Montréal, Canada in

                    collaboration with Victor Vasarely.

1969            Begins work on the ‘Cubic Structures’ series.

                    Creates a kinetic set design for the Ballet Kraanerg at the National Art Center, Ottawa, Canada.

1970            Completes a design for the façade of the new RTL building, Paris, in collaboration with Victor Vasarely.

1971            Wins Gold Mdeal at the Triennale in New Delhi and at the Triennale in Alexandria.

1972            Designs the Renault logo with GRAV, which is still in use today.

1975             Introduces digital images into his works, creating numerical portraits of, among others, Salvador Dali

                    and Marilyn Monroe as well as monuments such as the Statue of Liberty.

1986            Designs a poster for the UNESCO’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, which is

                    widely disseminated throughout the UNESCO network.

1996            Designs a poster for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA.

2002            Dies in paris, France.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

1965            Galerie Rick, Kassel, Germany.

1966            Galerie Hans Mayer, Esslingen, Germany.

                    Howard Wise Gallery, New York, USA.

1967            Galerie Tobies et Silex, Köln, Germany.

1968            Galerie Gunnar Düsseldorf, Germany.

1969            Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.

                    Galeria Grises, Bilbao, Spain.

1970            Redfern Gallery, London, England.

1971            Lockhart Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

                    Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.

                    Galerie Moos, Toronto, Canada.

                    Galerie Boccara, Paris, France.

                    Galerie Tresmarum, Stockholm, Sweden.

                    Galerie Allen, Vancouver, Canada.

1973            Galerie Semiha Huber, Zürich, Switzerland.

1973/77       Galerie Govaerts, Bruxelles, Belgium.

1974            Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1975            Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.

1980            Galeria Siete Siete, Caracas, Venezuela.

1985            Yvaral. Mona Lisa synthétisé. Pavillion des Arts, Les Musées de

                     la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

1990/91       Circle Gallery, New York; travelling to Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Denver,

                    San Francisco, Dallas, Phoenix, New Orleans, USA.

1993            Mitsukoshi Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

1994            Musée des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Brussels, Belgium.

1999            Yvaral. M&M, Galerie Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France.

                    Yvaral, proposition pour un art numérique, Fondation Vasarely, Aix - en - Provence, France.

2000            Yvaral. Art numérique, art combinatoire. Art Paris, Carrousel du

                    Louvre, Galerie Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France.

2007            Yvaral. Robert Sandelson Gallery, London, England.


Selected Group Exhibitions

1955/56/57  Salon des des Réalités nouvelles, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France.

1961            ‘Le Mouvement’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, travelling to Moderna Museet,

                    Stockholm, Sweden.

                    'Art Abstrait Constructif International', Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.

1962            ‘Instabilité, (Labyrinthe 3)’, Musée des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, travelling to; The Contemporaries,

                    New York, USA; Galerie Danese, Milan, Italy.

1963/64      ‘Nouvelle Tendence‘, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia; Fondazione Querini Stampaalia,

                    Venice, Italy; Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais

                    du Louvre, Paris, France.

                    Paris Biennale, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France (also 1965, 1967)

1964            ‘1954-64: A Decade of Painting and Sculpture', Tate Gallery, London, England.

                    ‘Documenta III', Kassel, Germany.

1965            ‘The Responsive Eye', The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.

                    ‘Kinetic and Optic Art Today',  Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA.

                    'Mouvement 2', Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.

                    'Labyrinth 3', The Contemporaries, New York, USA

                    ‘Art and Movement: Optical and Kinetic Art', Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.

                     IV Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.

1965/66       ‘Licht und Bewegung', Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland; Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany;

                    Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium; Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany;

                    Tvenster Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1966            ‘Structures et Mouvement', Galerie Denise René, Paris, France.

                    Kunst Licht Kunst, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Einhoven, The Netherlands

                    'GRAV 1960-66', Indica Gallery, London, England.

1967            'Dix Ans d'Art Vivant: 1955-1965', Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

                    ‘Vom Konstruktivismus zur Kinetik', Galerie Denise René - Hans Mayer, Krefeld, Germany.

                    ‘Kinetika,’ Museum of the Twentieth Century, Vienna, Austria.

                    ‘Lumiere et Mouvement',  Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France.

1968            ‘GRAV. Groupe de Recherche d'Art Visuel', Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.

                    'Plus=Minus', Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, USA.

1970            The Arts Council of Great Britain, London, England.

1972            'Architecture et Urbanisme', Nanterre, France.

1973-4         'Multiples und Grafik', Galerie Denise René - Hans Meyer, Dusseldorf, Germany.

1987            ‘Mathematik in der Kunst', Wilhem-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany.

1989            ‘Artec', Nagoya, Japan.

1992            ‘L'Art en Mouvement', Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

1998            ‘GRAV: Stratégies de Participation', Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France.

2000            ‘Le Labyrinthe du GRAV', Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Cholet, France.

2002             ‘6 – 1 = 6: Homage du GRAV a Yvaral', Johnson and Johnson, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris, France.

2005             ‘The Kinetic Eye', Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France.

2006             ‘The Expanded Eye', Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland.

2007             'Optice Nerve. Perceptual Art of the 1960s', Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

                     'Op Art', Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

                     'Los Cineticos', Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain