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European Night of Museums at the VASARELY Foundation » PACA’s economic and political newsletter

Guided tours and creative workshops.

Discovery visits (History, architecture, permanent collections) From 12 years old

Guided by the visionary thinking of the artist, the mediator offers a tour inviting the visitor to immerse themselves in the universe of visual artist Victor Vasarely. The highlighting through the richness of the collection presented testifies to the route taken by the artist to arrive at the conception of his polychrome city of happiness and thus make art accessible to all. Here art and architecture are one.

– 8-9 p.m., a visit offered by Alain Duret

– 9-10 p.m., a tour offered by Silvi Sarkisyan

Treasure hunt and creative workshop- From 6 to 12 years

Tour punctuated by questions and riddles. By recovering the clues, thanks to the key words, the child will be able to win the treasure! After the treasure hunt adapted for children from 6 to 12 years old, the children will be led to carry out in our workshops an artistic production linked to a period of Victor Vasarely.

– 7:30-8:30 p.m., treasure hunt

– 8:30-9:30 p.m. Creative workshop

“The class, the work! » From 12 years old

At the Vasarely Foundation, our mediation team has mobilized to transmit all its knowledge and know-how to the class of 3th from the Saint Eutrope college of Madame Pauline Masson. For this news

edition, the students designed a mediation around the monumental integration GAMMA, made in 1958. Between black circle, white square, intertwined lines, they will invite you to explore the underside of the optical illusion.

Backed by the European Night of Museums, the operation “La classe, l’oeuvre! » is part of the student’s artistic and cultural journey.

– 7-7.20 p.m.

– 8-8.20 p.m.

Kamishibai, image theater and the art of storytelling From 5 years

You may be wondering what is Kamishibai? Kamishibai literally means “paper theatre”. It is a storytelling technique of Japanese origin based on images that scroll through a butaï (wooden theatre). It is around this unifying and sharing tool that the bookstore of Jean Pierre and Christine Pétuaud-Létang in Lourmarin, This little bookstore…not like the others and the Vasarely Foundation have come together to tell you carefully chosen stories about the art, history and animals.

– 8-8.20 p.m.

– 8:20 p.m.-8:40 p.m.

– 8:40 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Event –

Pick up colors – Sound and digital readings of monumental works by the composer Sébastien Béranger. From 6 years old

How to allow museum visitors to associate the sensitive discovery of a painting with the experience of a live performance? How to conceive a dialogue between the work and the public, and offer the latter the possibility of interacting on the environment of the painting thanks to the musical gesture? The project pick up colors arises from these questions.

pick up colors is a performance at the crossroads of concert and mediation. Thanks to a device based on a simple webcam, it is a question of reading the colors of a painting – here the work Majus by Victor Vasarely – and to transform this data in real time into sounds, timbres, musical gestures. The technological device is a kind of instrument that translates the colorimetry captured by the camera. This data flow makes it possible to play the sounds, to control virtual synthesizers, to modulate the sound parameters. It is then a question of interpreting this work by making the camera navigate from one color to another, over the forms and the composition of the painting.

Majus is a painting where Vasarely was inspired by a fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach to compose the structure. If we do not know which fugue precisely inspired the visual artist, the painting becomes a “score” thanks to the device proposed by Sébastien Béranger.

Sébastien Béranger: conception, composition and interpretation – Associate production: Diffusion

pick up colors was produced as part of a residency at the Vasarely Foundation with the support of the Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

– 8-8.20 p.m.

– 9 p.m.-9:20 p.m.

– 10 p.m.-10:20 p.m.

Conditions of visit and terms of reservation

From 7 p.m. to midnight, the Vasarely Foundation opens its doors free of charge. Last entries scheduled at 11 p.m.

For cultural meetings related to mediation activities, they will be made only by reservation within the limit of available places with the reservation service by email at or on the eventbrite platform available on our website or again by phone at 0442200109.

About the Vasarely Foundation

The Vasarely Foundation is a private law institution, recognized as being of public utility in 1971, combining art and architecture in the service of a meaning of its own located in Aix-en-Provence, erected between 1973 and 1976 by the visual artist Victor Vasarely . The Architectural Center houses, in a honeycomb architecture, 44 monumental works by Vasarely integrated into the internal walls of the building. Located on the southwestern edge of Aix-en Provence, in the Jas-de-Bouffan district, it also hosts temporary exhibitions and other cultural events (conferences, concerts, mediations). The building was classified as a Historic Monument in 2013, and has an annual attendance of around 100,000 visitors (in 2019). It has benefited from the designation “Musée de France” since 2020.

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