Vera Molnar. Une ligne...
Lines hold a central place in Vera Molnar’s minimal practice. Lines bend in all directions whether on paper, canvas or wall. It can be loose, trembled or straight, short or long, thin or thick, drawn with a pen, a paintbrush dipped in gouache or paint, or even computer-generated. Sometimes it mimics handwriting, takes the form of a tight thread or emerges from juxtaposed pieces of papers in some works. Claude Monet’s Haystacks, the outline of the Montagne Sainte-Victoire dear to Cézanne and the magic square of Dürer’s Melencolia brought inspiration for new linear structures with many variations. The pervasive line is “a sort of curriculum vitae, like the entirety of my former productions: the sum of my life” (1997). Creative and vagabond, lines are everywhere in Vera Molnar’s work as well as the focus of the exhibition held at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen.
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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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