Vasarely permanent exhibition
After being exhibited in several European cities the permanent collection is on display again in Budapest. The chronological display provides an in-depth look at Vasarely’s early work, the development of his artistic career and well-known compositions from his later periods.
Moonmuseum 1969 – Art and space
This temporary exhibition commemorates the fifty-year anniversary of the moon landing. Artworks that reflect the dynamic changes in science, including research in space will be on display. The Vasarely Museum Budapest is a fitting location for the show since Vasarely himself made several compositions that were inspired by the Moon and astronomy.
Aboutness. OSAS (Open Structures Art Society)
An exhibition of contemporary works by Swiss and Hungarian artists.
6 PM – 12 AM
Sérgio Leitão (PT) brings his unique light installations, Atomok Kódexe to illuminate the garden and the permanent exhibition of Vasarely Museum Budapest. Enjoy the ephermal experience of the continually changing display.
Thanks to the Hungarian National Film Archive, visitors of the Long Night of Museums can watch four films related to the exhibition Moonmuseum 1969. Art and Space.
Angler on the Moon | Director: Tibor Csernák | 1964, 8’
The Rage of the Sun and the Moon | Director: Sándor Reisenbüchler | 1969, 12’
Moon Film | Director: Dóra Keresztes, István Orosz | 1977, 5’
Aviation Chronicle | Director: Reisenbüchler Sándor | 1981, 3’
6 PM – 10 PM
Exploring the Collection
Nova? Supernova? What’s the difference?
Take a closer look at a painting by Vasarely in which the artist portrayed the illusion that was eventually named after him. Hear about Vasarely’s interest in science in general and more specifically in astronomy, novae and supernovae. Walk away with a better understanding of how Vasarely used basic geometric shapes like the
square and a color scale to fool our minds into thinking they see an exploding nova.
How might Vasarely’s collage, Orion Noir, be related to the Orion starscape? Astonomers say it is a very colourful constellation. Find out more about what aspects of astronomy Vasarely used in his works of art and what the titles he gave tell us about individual pieces and his life’s work.
Interpreting the Constellations
Vasarely chose titles for many of his works that refer to constellations and other astronomical phenomena, like Orion Noir, Novae, and Neptun. After looking at Vasarely’s collages, paintings, and objects, contribute to a community art work where visitors will reinterpret constallations of the summer sky.
Enter the museum from 4.30 pm 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 on a first come first served basis. The last entry to the museum (with a wristband) will be at 11 pm.