Vera Molnar. Pas froid aux yeux
Catalog of the monographic exhibition at the Espace de l'Art Concret and then at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes.
Catalog of the monographic exhibition at the Espace de l'Art Concret from January 30 to May 31, 2021 and then at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes from October 9, 2021 to January 9, 2022, this book presents the work of the artist Vera Molnar. This exhibition is a first collaboration between two French cultural institutions which have in common a true speciality in the field of abstract art after 1945 and concrete art in particular.
A prolific artist still active at the dawn of her 97th birthday, Vera Molnar places her practice between concrete art, constructed art and conceptual art. She is also considered a pioneer of computer drawing, having contributed to the digital art movement since the 1960s. The exhibition, while not intended as a retrospective, aims to present the multiple faces of Vera Molnar by proposing works created between the 1960s and today (while briefly evoking the beginnings of the 1940s). The catalog is based on a selection of works from the two exhibitions, structured around a main issue that raises the question of the use of the machine in Vera Molnar's creative process. A particular look at the contributions of this major abstract artist to the particular field of digital art can thus be a guiding thread.
The book is accompanied by texts by Vincent Baby, art historian specializing in the work of Vera Molnar and Francesca Franco, art historian and author of The Algorithmic Dimension on digital art.
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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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