Vera Molnar / Cent (ou mille) façons de faire

Vera Molnar presents Cent (ou mille) façons de faire, in the new gallery  8+4 (13, rue d'Alexandrie) from 14 October 2023 to 20 January 2024. Opening on Saturday 14 October from 4pm to 9pm. Closing on Saturday 13 January from 4pm to 8pm, with a piano concert by Melaine Dalibert. 

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For several months now, Vera Molnar has been drawing and imagining "a thousand" variations, a thousand ways of doing things, a thousand kinds of constructions and deconstructions, exploring the possibilities of figuring crosses through a free play of lines and intersections. All kinds of crosses! 

"100 crosses" to mark her 100th birthday, "100 crosses" as a way of revisiting her practice with a sense of humour, "100 crosses" destined to form a unique ensemble covering the wall of Galerie 8 + 4. 

These hand-drawn sketches on small sheets of paper reflect an insatiable need to rediscover the joy she felt every morning since the 1970s, when she recorded in her notebooks, or diaries, the ideas that would later give rise to her creations. Bequeathed to the Centre Pompidou in 2022, she missed these notebooks, which were a constant source of inspiration...

This work of investigating a motif, obviously marked by various symbolism, was conceived as a large installation that allows us to see the intuitions she has had on a daily basis thanks to the tools that are POSCA or the coloured felt-tips brought in by her assistants. So there's black, grey, but also flamboyant yellows.... And as usual, there are "programmes" that she imposes on herself, the idea also of order, disorder from a simple motif that finds its validity through the simple intersection of two lines. So there are lines, but also grids, screens, simple strokes and flat areas, all of which intermingle and intersect... 

This impressive group of works will resonate in the gallery's new space (13, rue d'Alexandrie) with other creations based on the same inexhaustible theme of crosses, but this time in acrylic on canvas, drawings on tracing paper, collages or silkscreen. And there's even an artist's book (30 copies) specially published for the occasion, featuring 100 of his hand drawings, digitally modelled. A thousand ways of doing things! 

Vera Molnar was also keen to present a number of older drawings from the 1950s and 1970s. They will enable collectors to understand the way in which her practice works, by aggregating questions about what the human can do and what the machine can do. Far from being in competition with each other, for Vera Molnar the human and the machine are entities in constant dialogue, each endowed with weaknesses as well as qualities. While the laws of chance play an essential role in Vera Molnar's work, as the junction between the human mind and the calculating power of computers, it is also a way of summoning up the vagaries of a rigour that is always placed under the sign of the imaginary.

Molnar (Véra)

1924 Vera Gács born on 5 January in Budapest (Hungary).
1942-1947 Studies painting, art history and aesthetics at the Budapest School of Fine Arts, alongside Ferenc [François] Molnar, Judit Reigl, Marta Pan, Simon Hantaï; diploma as professor of art history and aesthetics.
1952 Participates in first group exhibition at Galerie Bourlaouën, Nantes.
1957 Meets Jesús Rafael Soto and François Morellet.
1960 Takes part in the group exhibition Konkrete Kunst organised by Max Bill in Zurich; becomes a member of the Centre de recherche d'art visuel (CRAV).
1967 Co-founder of the Art et informatique group at the Institut d'esthétique et des sciences de l'art in Paris.
1968 First works produced with the help of a computer; trip to the United States.
1973 Takes part in the first international digital art exhibition in Paris.
1974 Develops the MolnArt digital programme with François Molnár.
1975 Becomes a member of the Atelier de recherches techniques avancées (ARTA), Centre Pompidou, Paris.
1976 First solo exhibition at the Gallery Polytechnic of Central London, London.
1979 First solo exhibition in France at the Atelier de recherche esthétique, Caen.
1980 Publication of first "livrimage", Un pour cent de désordre.
1985-1990 Teaches at the UER Arts plastiques et Sciences de l'art, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne.
1990 First installation, Homage to Dürer, Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen.
1993 Death of François Molnár; exhibition with Gottfried Honegger, La Quadrature de l'art, Cloître du CRDP Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers.
1999 Solo exhibition at Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine.
2001 Solo exhibition at the Musée de Grenoble.
2004 Retrospective exhibition at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen.
2006 Retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen.
2009 Participation in the group exhibition Digital Pioneers, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2010 Participation in the group exhibition On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century at MoMA, New York.
2012 Retrospective exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and the Centre d'art contemporain de Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville.
2013 Participation in the group exhibition Dynamo (with Agam, Calder, Cruz-Diez, Kapoor, Le Parc, Morellet, Soto) at the Grand Palais, Paris.
2017 Participation in the group exhibition Thinking Machines, Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-1989 at MoMA, New York.
2018 AWARE Prize of Honour; solo exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen.
2019 Exhibition "Code and Algorithm. Tribute to Véra Molnar" at the Vasarely Museum in Budapest.
2020 "Disorder in Order" exhibition organised at the Kiscelli Múzeum in Budapest.
2021 "Pas froid aux yeux" exhibition at the Espace de l'Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, then at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes; "Elles font l'abstraction" exhibition at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris featuring works by Véra Molnar.
2022 Group exhibition "The Milk of Dreams" as part of the 59th Venice Biennale; first NFT "2% de désordre en coopération"
2023 Exhibition "Code: Art Enters the Computer Age" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; "Moviment" festival, exhibition of diaries at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; launch of the NFT series "Thème et variations"
December 2023 Death of the artist in Paris

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