Olomouc, North Moravia, Dec 8 (CTK) – The Olomouc Museum of Arts has bought a series of 33 graphic works by Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), the world-renowned pioneer of op-art, which makes it the only Czech state-run institution to own so a large and representative collection of Vasarely´s works.
Including Vasarely´s painting from 1951 and a tapestry from 1966, which the museum acquired last year, its collection now reflects the 50-year history of Vasarely´s creative work.
“We bought the works of art on Monday. We are immensely happy…It is a unique acquisition,” Gina Renotiere, a historian of art from the museum, told CTK yesterday.
The graphic and serigraphic artifacts present the work of Vasarely, a Hungarian native, as spanning over five decades. The oldest of them was designed as early as 1937, when Vasarely did not even know he was going to do op-art. The youngest works date back to 1986, Renotiere said.
She said the museum acquired all of them from a reliable source, Vasarely´s grandson Pierre, who is the only heir of the copyright.
The museum would not disclose the price of the new acquisition.
A half of the price was covered by the museum´s operator, which is the Culture Ministry, and financial support was also provided by the Olomouc Town Hall, the Olomouc Region and private supporters who requested anonymity.