From Experiment to Experience – Micro and macro, organic and constructed
Explore the range of abstraction found in the works on display in two temporary exhibitions at the Vasarely Museum. We are taking a closer look at the unbelievably enormous space in the universe as well as the tiniest building blocks of our own bodies. We will focus on what is outside and what is inside. What is the origin of shapes? Do they originate from the spiritual or the material world? Join us for a night of contemplation, sharing ideas with one another and creative self-expression.
18.00–22.00: Touch the essence of the world around us – the building blocks of our tiny cells and the enormous universe
How does a microscopic cell become an abstract work of art? Have you ever been amazed at the web of lines on your fingertip, impressed at how each cell in your body carries out its job with such perfection?
After looking at pictures from an atlas of anatomy, use oil pastels to portray the shapes of the seemingly invisible building blocks of your body.
How might we portray the timelessness of the universe with shapes and colors? Which colours, shapes, and surfaces embody its entirety the best?
As life is a continual series of decisions, you will need to choose a color, a technique and then a shape which best resembles one specific feeling. After drawing, reflect on how these decisions allowed you to express your ideas visually.
World/Body – Inside/Outside
Can everything be expressed with colours? Are there things which are easier to understand through colours than through words? What connections do we make between a bright rainbow and the muted colours of human skin? Finally, what connections do we find among different shades of skin?
Choose a color which represents you and answer the questions. Based on the answers people give, what can we deduce about ourselves and our community?
Taming the Abstract – Variations of a Square
What happens if we begin playing with completely abstract building blocks, if we try bringing a simple square to life?
The human brain is capable of coming up with numerous solutions to the same question. Our question is how many unique compositions can be made from the configuration of 16 squares?
Does trust bring harmony?
How much do you trust others when making decisions? If you usually follow, will you lead? If you usually lead will you follow? If people usually rely on you to make decisions, now you can follow them.
Taking inspiration from very simple symmetrical compositions Vasarely drew with lines, sit down with a friend (or even a complete stranger) and follow each other’s lead. Find out how easy (or difficult) it is to create a 3D illusion using just a few lines. Do you prefer colour or black and white?
Positive and negative space – which side are you on?
In art, positive space attracts the eye's attention, while negative space allows the eye to rest. How much positive and negative space does a composition need? Over the course of the evening we will create a large composition together and when we are satisfied we will take it apart and begin all over again. Experiments with building blocks for adults, teenagers and kids of all ages.
18.00–22.00: Art Activity: five topics, five techniques individually – in pairs and one community piece
19.00–19.30: A conversation with the collector
Is collecting a thoughtful, deliberate process of strategy or is it based on one’s personal sense of taste? How much does a work of art cost? How does science play a part in an art collection?
Many questions, including the ones listed above can be raised regarding George Grüner’s collection. The collector was born in Hungary and now lives and works as a physicist in Los Angeles. If you are interested in hearing the answers first hand, Grüner will explain how he began collecting, what movitated him, his motivations, landmarks in collecting and about the works in the exhibition From experiment to experience. Innovative trends in Hungarian art from 1945 to present day, currently on display at the Vasarely Museum Budapest. He will discuss his collection with his childhood friend and the legendary Hungarian art historian, László Beke.
Photo: Horváth S. Gábor ©
Enter the museum from 16.30 with a Long Night of Museums wristband. To protect the works on display, entry to the exhibitions and participation in the programs might be limited and on a first come first serve basis. The last entry to the Museum (with a wristband) will be at 23.00