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Vera Molnar: Fearless

Le 03 novembre 2021, par Stéphanie Pioda

The exhibition in Brittany reminds us that Vera Molnar is a pioneer artist of digital art, and that she also has a very special history with Rennes–which she has always considered her third city, after Budapest and Paris.

Vera Molnar: Fearless

Vera Molnar (b. 1924), 100 carrés jaunes (computer icône 3)/100 Yellow Squares (Computer Icon 3), 1977, acrylic on canvas, 155 x 55 x 6 cm/61 x 21.6 x 2.3 in, collection FRAC Normandie Caen.
Vera Molnar, Adagp, Paris, 2021 © François Fernandez

Lines, squares, letters, dashes ... Everything starts from the desire of Vera Molnar (born in 1924) of simplification to the extreme, as announced by the first drawings of the exhibition: the façade of Notre-Dame of Paris (1947) and her Venus of Willendorf series (1948), reduced to the essential. There would be no possible return to figuration. What followed quickly led to the 1960s, when she imposed on herself creative constraints with her imaginary machines, and explored all the treatments she could inflict on the forms in the space of the sheet: the rigor of the approach was extreme. Then came the period of the computer and the new field of possibilities offered by computer programs, in which she mischievously introduces 1% or 5% error. Rigor should not make us forget that art is a living matter!

And Vera Molnar has a sense of humor... She is undoubtedly one of the rare women to be interested in the computer as a medium at a time when the machines were rather bulky behemoths occupying a whole room and the processing times of the calculations would last for several days. Only then could she see the result printed on these sheets with perforated edges. If these machines are like a kind of partner, a tool, the artist always has the last word, as in her series-tribute to Monet (Impression, Rising Sun) where she paints with gouache the red reflections of the sun, or her cutouts of the Sainte-Victoire Mountain in Aix-en-Provence. The exhibition reminds us that Vera Molnar is a pioneer artist of digital art, and that she also has a very special history with Rennes–which she has always considered her third city, after Budapest and Paris–and its museum. The ten or so works were recently donated to the collection: Two Reds, a triptych welcomes the visitor.

Worth Seeing
Musée des beaux-arts, Rennes (Brittany)
Until January 2, 2022.
mba.rennes.fr

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