Vera MOLNAR

Biography

Born in 1924 in Budapest (Hungary)

Since 1947, she lives and works in Paris.

She has been exhibiting since 1995 at the Oniris gallery.

 


 

2021 : “Pas froid aux yeux”, Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, Fr

+ Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, Fr
+ Beall Center for Art and Technology, University of California, Irvine USA
+ Solo-show at The Armory Show New-York, Galerie Oniris

2019 : Vera Molnar, solo exhibition, MuDA, Zurich, Switzerland

+ Alchemy of lines at the Oniris gallery

2018 : Solo-Show at Volta New-York, Oniris Gallery Stand
+ "One line", Museum of Fine Arts, Caen (Fr)

2017 : Thinking Machine, collective exhibition, WOAgri, New York

2016 : Lines or grindstones? at the Oniris gallery

2015: Museum Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland + Louis Moret Foundation, Martigny, Switzerland

2013: Museum der Wahrnehmung, Gratz, Austria

2012: A retrospective (1942-2012), Museum of Rouen
Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville Contemporary Art Centre

2010: Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

2009: Frac Lorraine, Metz

2008: Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2007: Museum of Fine Arts, Rouen

2006: Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
Museum of Fine Arts, Brest

2004: retrospective exhibition, Wilhem-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Fondation Salomon pour l'Art Contemporain, Annecy (with Knifer)

2002 : One-Man-Show at the FIAC Paris, Oniris stand

1999: first major monographic exhibition, Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine

1995: exhibition [211], Oniris gallery, Rennes (with Morellet and Knifer)

1976: first solo exhibition, École Polytechnique Gallery, London

1968: first work on computers

1967: co-founder of the Art and Computer Science group, Institute of Aesthetics and Art Sciences, Paris

1960: Co-founder of the C.R.A.V.

1946 : first abstract painting

1942-47: studies at the Budapest School of Fine Arts

 

Overview

As a pioneer in the use of computers in artistic creation, Vera Molnar turned to geometric abstraction, working on form, its transformation and its movement as early as the 1950s. As a true visual artist, she explores lines, squares, white, black, grey, blue and red and brings out the unexpected and imaginary freedom through a series of transformations of forms worthy of scientific experimentation.

The pictorial work is above all sensitive, it is addressed to the eye. It is for the human eye that I want to make images. The art of painting begins on the retina, first that of the painter, then that of the spectator? Art must be human, that is to say, it must conform to human nature.

Véra Molnar is of Hungarian origin, but has lived in Paris since 1947.

 

She therefore presents herself as a French and abstract painter, of the tendency that belongs to constructive art, in its most consequent and radical sense: that of systematic art, in which she has been engaged since 1950.

 

She participated in all the debates that led to the birth of kinetic art and enabled the creation of La Nouvelle Tendance and, from 1968 onwards, became one of the pioneers of the use of computers in artistic creation.

 

The representation of nature has never interested her, and when she tries to explain the real reasons for her choice to work on these forms alone, it is, she says, that "the simplicity of these forms still moves her". Her art, conducted in an experimental way, is about the form, its transformation, its displacement, its perception. Her work is accompanied by an intense theoretical reflection on the means of creation and the mechanisms of vision. It has its origins in Mondrian, Malevich and the Zurich Concretes and finds numerous correspondences in all the work carried out in connection with the exact sciences and mathematics in particular.

 

The work, which for others could be systematic or even "machinic", in reality aims to bring out the unexpected, freedom, the imaginary. The lines, for example, become "extravagant", as the titles of some paintings tell us.

Works
Virtual Exhibition
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Video

Interview Vera Molnar - LR Ways, 1991

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