Note: This exhibition can make you really dizzy! From the end of May, the mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna will be dedicating a special show to Op Art and the history of vertigo.
Optical Art (Op Art) consciously plays with the seemingly perceived reality of its viewers. Originally created in the mid-1950s, it uses reduced geometric forms that unfold under the optical effect of light, air, movement, and space.
However, Op Art is not only concerned with the sense of sight alone. Rather, it is about experiencing art with the entire body. It shows us that perception literally lies in the eye of the beholder and in connection with the respective context.
Alfred Hitchcock's famous film lent its name to the exhibition title Vertigo.
Op Art and a History of Deception 1520 – 1970. Like the exhibition, the film also works with the dual meaning of the term vertigo as a physical phenomenon as well as a sensory and cognitive deception. The show offers a broad spectrum of artistic works: among other things, panel paintings, reliefs, installations as well as films and computer-generated or computer-controlled works are shown. In order to once again take up the play of deceptions, the exhibition in the form of a labyrinth yet again causes confusion for the senses. So don't be disappointed – form your own impression. Or two.
Vertigo. Op Art and a History of Deception 1520 – 1970, May 25 - October 27, 2019