Exhibition from May 17 to September 2019 at the MAMAC, 1 Yves Klein square, 06000 Nice, open daily except Mondays from 10am to 6pm, phone : 04.97.13.42.01, ticket full price : 10 €.
In 1964 an exhibition organized at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and an article written in the American magazine "Time" deals with a new way for making art named Op Art. The 1965 exhibition at the New - York Moma dedicates definitively Op Art. Contrarely to Cinetic Art where the art work moves or seems to move the Op Art exploits the spectator eyes reliability for diving him inside an unstable situation where he improves a kind of drunkenness. Everything begins with the visual theories developing by Kandinsky and Josef Albers during the 1920's in which colors perceptions depend of the context. Some colors move or seem to move when they are with others. Marcel Duchamp will develop this way of thinking with his famous rotating disc (1935). Op Art conveys any real meanings (psychological, cultural, ...), can be watch by everybody and solicites bodies and eyes. It explains why the motion picture industry has employed Op artists for making movies in cinematography and wardrobe crews ("L'Enfer" (1964), "Pierrot le Fou" (1965), "Qui êtes vous Polly Maggoo ?" (1966), "Les demoiselles de Rochefort" (1967)). On the shootings Op Art helps to underline feelings, to broke taboos and to fight against censorship but it also show us the hidden face of our society.