Conferences of the friends of the Vasarely Foundation

The mirror in modern and contemporary art, a reflection device, 12th of October 2022

The mirror in modern and contemporary art, a reflection device

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Wednesday the 12th of September 2022 at 10:30 am

An essential instrument for the realization of self-portraits before photography, the mirror in painting has long been used to evoke the notions of narcissism, the ephemeral, knowledge, precision, philosophical meditation.
But above all, the mirror opens up the space of the painting, questioning the mimetic power of painting.
What about the moderns who refuse illusionism? Are the contemporaries who seized on real mirrors still within the tradition?
We will try to reflect in images on these many questions.

MEMBERS ENTRY FEE : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new district of Constance in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin Hawthorns.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Children and adolescents in modern and contemporary art, 27th of September 2022

Children and adolescents in modern and contemporary art

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Tuesday 27th of September 2022 at 10:30 am

The Impressionists took as models the children around them and their own children in scenes of family life or games which contrast with the fixed postures of the commissioned portraits of their predecessors.
Many artists who became fathers, Otto Dix, Paul Klee, Picasso, Gerhard Richter, have taken a very personal, tender look at childhood.
Balthus and Paula Rego are known for their enigmatic, disturbing little girls. Other artists like Boltanski or Bernard Faucon, express childhood nostalgia, and Marlene Dumas, like Claire Tabouret, paint children
serious, questioning, as well as Ron Mueck and Charles Ray in sculpture. Finally, by representing children, the painter Zhang Xiaogang and the artist Prune Noury ​​express the same concerns about the demography of China and Patricia Piccinini questions the future of the human race.

MEMBERS ENTRY FEE : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new district of Constance in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin Hawthorns.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Venice Biennale 2022, 14th of June 2022

Biennale de Venise 2022

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

We are going to come back to the highlights of this Biennial dedicated to women of all cultures and to imaginary worlds, so for those who visited it to deepen their understanding of the works presented, and for those who are going to discover them through images, to share our emotions and our questions.
We will also see that many National Pavilions have chosen to entrust their spaces to artists from immigrant backgrounds or belonging to once despised minorities, demonstrating once again that the art world ignores geopolitical and mental boundaries and demonstrates with a healthy open-mindedness.

Conference on Tuesday the 14th of June 2022 à 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Georg Baselitz, 12th of April 2022 – 6MIC – 10:30 am

Georg Baselitz

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

If the term expressionist is appropriate to qualify the work of Baselitz, it does not take into account his extraordinary capacity for renewal. A single constant through many stylistic breaks: the artist always stands up “against”: against the dictates of the post-war GDR, against abstraction, against all the traditions linked to figurative painting.
Whether he draws on history, art history or his personal story, his work, both brutal and subtle, makes him a major artist who deserves our full attention.

Conference on Tuesday the 12th of April 2022 à 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Contemporary African art, 8th of March 2022

Africain contemporary art

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Qualified as “primitive art”, then as “first art” at the beginning of the 20th century, African art was a source of aesthetic inspiration for European artists, cubists and surrealists.
Today, after several decades of virtual invisibility, the African continent is well represented in our museums by the artists who live there and by those of the diaspora, and recent exhibitions in prestigious places have made us discover them.
In painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, all strive to express their identity, for some by evoking the difficulties and conflicts of which they have been victims, for others by putting their traditions at the service of contemporary creations. Humor and self-mockery are often present, as well as parodic quotations from Western art.
The women are very numerous, and among them some excel in textile practices that deserve their place in the museum.

Conference on Tuesday the 8th of February 2022 à 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Flowers in modern and contemporary art, 8th of February 2022

Flowers in modern and contemporary art

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

For centuries, the representation of flowers in painting was endowed with a precise symbolic charge.
The Impressionists ended this tradition by looking at flowers for what they are, a manifestation of the beauty of the world. A few modern artists have devoted themselves to it, but it is especially among contemporary ones, freed from the dictates of “modernism”, that flowers are once again the object of strong and unique practices.
So, a few days before Valentine’s Day, this conference will offer you a cheerful bouquet! (or rich and varied, as you prefer)

Conference on Tuesday the 8th of February 2022 à 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

David Hockney, solar painter, conference on Tuesday January 11, 2022 at the 6MIC

David Hockney, peintre solaire

Conference by Agnès Ghenassia

Faithful to his pungent palette, David Hockney has practiced oil painting, acrylic painting, photography, polaroids, computers and the iPad to explore various themes (portraits, family scenes, swimming pools, landscapes) and question, with the freshness that characterises it, the entire history of painting.
Exhibited at the Orangerie des Tuileries until February 14, its hedonistic and charming landscapes of Normandy appeal to all audiences.

Conference on Tuesday January 11 2022 at 10:30 am

ENTRY FEE FOR MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at the 6MIC (Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the level of the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Dance and the plastic arts, the 16th of November at 10:30 am

Conference: Dance and the plastic arts

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia,

Modernity gave birth to “free dance”, which profoundly changed for painters and sculptors the way of representing the body. Common research on movement; light and sound then brought together choreographers and visual artists around the 1950s. Finally, the common desire to bring art closer to life brings together contemporary dance and the art of performance. Contemporary designers feed off these mutual influences.

Conference of Tuesday the 16th of November 2021 at 10:30 am at the 6MIC.

ENTRY FEE MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at 6MIC (Contemporary Music Hall of the Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Conference of the 14th of September at the 6MIC, ART AND FASHION

Art and Fashion, a conference by Agnès Ghenassia

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia,

Fashion, said Yves Saint-Laurent, is ” a profession which is not quite an art, but which needs an artist to exist “. Art and fashion have a lot to share, for example, in the 1960s, the wave of Op Art initiated by Victor Vasarely inspired talented couturiers and helped bring art to the streets.

Moreover, from its inception, Haute Couture has established “ collaborations ” with artists, which continue even today, when the big fashion houses offer visual artists to shake up their traditional image.

By browsing the great fashion movements of the twentieth century, we will also see the role played by major magazines like Harper’s Bazaar in the rapprochement between art and fashion, as well as the role of some great photographers who have helped to change our outlook on fashion. and on beauty.

Finally, while the contemporary trend is to erase the boundaries between the arts, other surprises await us, because the fashion shows have become real performances and fashion also inspires visual artists.

Conference of Tuesday the 14th of September 2021 at 10:30 am at the 6MIC.

ENTRY FEE MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at 6MIC (Contemporary Music Hall of the Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

Plastic arts and music, conference of the 29th of June at the 6MIC

Plastic arts and music conference

A conference by Agnès Ghenassia,

Plastic arts and music

With the representation of musicians and instruments, music was initially a formal theme for painters. At the start of the 20th century, it was by relying on music that the pioneers of abstraction took the plunge, and simultaneously, avant-garde composers renewed their language through the confrontation with these painters, highlighting numerous correspondences structural. From the 1950s, it was an open-ended vision of art that the artists of the Fluxus movement imposes, organizing both plastic and musical events, and the very writing of musical scores evolves into “graphic scores”. But above all, they are stories of families and friendships, they are plastic artists and musicians. Musicians painters who have opened up an infinite field of renewal and invention, with a common goal: the expression of emotions.

Conference of Tuesday the 29th of June 2021 at 10:30 am at the 6MIC.

ENTRY FEE MEMBERS : 5€
NON MEMBERS : 7€

The conference will be held at 6MIC (Contemporary Music Hall of the Pays d’Aix), located at the entrance to the new Constance district in Aix-en-Provence, a few hundred meters from the Vasarely Foundation, at the chemin des Aubépines.

6MIC
Salle des Musiques Actuelles du Pays d’Aix

160, rue Pascal Duverger
13090 Aix-en-Provence

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