This is the year of Vasarely! After having participated in the festivities by lending some major works from the Lahumière collection to the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt and the Pompidou Center in Paris as well as showing them at the gallery, we are delighted to be featuring a fine set of works by Vasarely on our stand at Basel this year. The Stadel Museum show retraced Vasarely’s painterly career from the early days up to his “op”(or “kinetic”) period. The Pompidou show focused above all on the “Vasarely phenomenon” when he was at the height of his fame in the 1960s and ‘70s. Vasarely’s output of prints and monumental works was a way to make himself visible and accessible to a wider public. Anne and Jean-Claude Lahumière were art publishers in those days, and they worked with Vasarely and his lithographer, Wilfredo Arcay. Op art was in full stride in Europe, yet that was the moment the Lahumières discovered a part of Vasarely’s oeuvre that was no longer seen at all—his works of the 1950s. They steadily acquired a major collection of works from that period. At Basel will we show several works from those days as well as a few later ones.
Another part of our stand will display paintings and reliefs by Jean Gorin (1889-1981), a contemporary of Piet Mondrian, who advised Gorin to add relief to his flat neoplasticist works. Many of Gorin’s works are held by the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes and the Musée de Grenoble, for this French artist played a significant role the history of neoplasticism. Several retrospectives held in the Netherlands in 2017 to celebrate the centenary of the De Stijl movement included works by Gorin, whom Marianne Le Pommeré (author of the catalogue raisonné) described as an “architect-painter.”
The contemporary part of our stand will present a new work straight from the studio of Hans Jörg Glattfelder, our Basel-based artist, who currently has a show at the Ritter Museum in Waldenbuch, Germany.
The stand will also include a splash of color in the form of Nicholas Bodde’s works on aluminum.