Victor Vasarely is considered the leader of Op Art (opticokinetic art) a mathematically themed form of abstract art which developed in the early 1960s with an aim to stimulating the eye through a radical use of shapes and colours. Vasarely’s innovations in optical illusion and kinetic art have inspired many contemporary artists.

“The Absolute Eye” refers to Vasarely’s ability to see the world through a prism, translating shapes and forms into a set of basic “art elements”, which he captured and then used to convey his messages through his stunning images. As a result we too see in his works these universal elements and can easily identify with them.

Waterbury CT, USA
February 18, 2016 – April 10, 2016


Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye at the Mattatuck Museum was a wonderful and engaging show for the Museum. Vasarely’s work is incredibly dynamic and creates an exceptional viewing experience for audiences. The artist’s use of optic trickery and illusionism captures the interest immediately. It is a truly unique experience to envelop oneself in a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional canvas. The bright use of color and the sense of movement in Vasarely’s works further adds to the compelling nature of his pieces. Some works almost seem to shimmer due to Vasarely’s techniques, while others had central objects that moved backwards and forwards. Furthermore, this show was a boon for The MATT and our audiences. As The MATT seeks to present exhibitions that challenge both the eye and the mind, and Vasarely, the Father of Op Art, fulfilled those criteria brilliantly. Among the largest groups to visit this exhibition was school-aged children. Our Education Department delighted in this show which gave out docents and students the opportunity to explore math and art – matching the STEM system prevalent in today’s schools.

CYNTHIA ROZNOY, Ph.D., CuratorMattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, USA

We had a wonderful experience working with PAN ART Connections Inc. to bring Victor Vasarely: The Absolute Eye to the Mattatuck Museum. They are professional, attentive and passionate about the collection. They provided expertise on the artist and the work that enabled our staff to develop engaging public programs for a wide variety of visitors. The works of art were pristine and of the highest quality.

ROBERT BURNS, DirectorMattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, USA