Vera Molnar - Sainte-Victoire Interchangeables (Orange & Blue)

Vera Molnar - Sainte-Victoire Interchangeables (Orange & Blue)

The motif of the Montagne Saint-Victoire -so dear to Cezanne- holds a unique place in Vera Molnar’s work.

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In Vera Molnar’s work, the motif of the Montagne Saint-Victoire holds a singular place as exemplified by many of her drawings, works and editions. Of course we think of her tribute to Cezanne and his capacity to reveal the asymmetry of this rocky eruption through plastic means. But with Vera Molnar, the Montagne Saint-Victoire is also a principle, or more precisely, the natural fortunate embodiment of a disorder she keeps trying to rationalize. This rationalization especially takes up the form of the bell curve, a system of representation of the complexity that Vera Molnar uses, appropriates and updates. If the Montagne Sainte-Victoire is the natural embodiment of this curve, its full beauty had to be demonstrated. Such was the artist’s intention with this new set.

Nine panels, three states: one Montagne Sainte-Victoire in flat tints, another in lines, and the last one in dots, all three of them accounting for the general aspect of the mountain. The artist then gives activation instructions: the work owner (whether collector, institution etc.) agrees to frequently change the horizontal layout of the canvases. This simple instruction activates the possibility of 216 different compositions of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire. This grand motif inspires Vera Molnar an exemplary work in which a famous landmark is used as a template to combine a rigorous protocol with playful variations.

The artist has imagined two different versions: one black and white, emphasizing the pragmatic rigor of the work, the second in color (orange and blue), in hues frequently used by the artist, to somehow compensate the radical minimalism of the first one. These two works are part of the artist’s constant research around a theme and its possible variations.

Sainte-Victoire (O&B)

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40 x 40 cm each canvas (120 x 120 cm as a whole)
8 copies + 4 artit's copies
Numbered and artist’s certificate
Silkscreen printing on canvas
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Molnar (Véra)

Born 1924 (5th January) in Vera Gacs, Budapest. Lives and works in Paris as well as in Normandy

1942-47 studied painting and for a diploma in art history and aesthetics at the Budapest College of Fine Arts. 1946 first non-representational images are created. 1947 artists′ fellowship in Rome at the Villa Julia moved to France. 1947-60 occasional co-operation with François Molnar. 1948 marriage to François Molnar. 1959-68 works with the machine imaginaire method. 1960 Co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche d′Art Visuel (GRAV) first participation in an exhibition organized by her friend Max Bill with the title Konkrete Kunst (Concrete Art) in Zurich, Helmhaus. 1967 Co-founder of the Group Art et Informatique at the Parisian Institut d′Esthétique et des Sciences de l′Art. 1968 first computer graphics are designed: thereafter continuous work with the computer. 1976 development of the "Molnart" computer software programme jointly with her husband first single exhibition Transformations at the gallery of the London Polytechnic. 1979 works at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, at the Atelier de Recherche des Techniques Avancées (ARTA). 1980 member of the Centre deRecherche Expérimentale et Informatique des Arts Visuels(CREIAV) at the Université de Paris I, Sorbonnethe first artist′s book 1% de désordre is published by Wedgepress & Cheese in Bjerred (Sweden). 1985-90 lectureship in fine arts and aesthetics and art history at the Université de Paris I, Sorbonne. 1990 her works are on display at major European exhibitions on non-representational art and avantgarde the first installative work is created for the Foundation of Concrete Art, Reutlingen . 1999 large monographic exhibition Extrait de 100 000 milliards de lignes at the Centre de Recherche, d′Échange et de Diffusion pour l′Art Contemporain (CRÉDAC) in Ivry-sur-Seine. 2005 recipient of the first d.velop digital art award [ddaa] for her life′s work, organised annually by the Digital Art Museum [DAM] and honoured with an individual exhibition by the Kunsthalle Bremen

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