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)

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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