51 steps. An upward exhibition

From September 16 to December 21.

At Artrust SA, Via Pedemonte di Sopra 1, 6818 Melano CH
From Monday to Friday, from 13.30 to 18. On Saturdays from 10 to 18.
Special opening, Sunday 16 September, 10-18



Visitors have to go up “51 steps” during the visit at these exhibition that Artrust setted up in  the exhibition spaces in via Pedemonte di Sopra 1 in Melano. The exhibition condenses, in an unprecedented ascending path, a selection of works by the Hungarian artist, naturalized French, Victor Vasarely.

If the steps to visit the show force the spectator to the movement, the optical kineticism of Vasarely forces as well his gaze, attracted by the illusions of the compositions, to interact and merge with the dynamics of the work itself.


“The challenge is no more the heart, but the retina; the beautiful mind becomes the subject of experimental psychology. Sharp black and white contrasts, the untenable vibration of complementary colours, the flicker of rhythmic grids and shifting structures, the optical kinetics of plastic components, many physical phenomenon present in our artwork which role is not to amaze or immerse us into a sweet melancholy anymore, but to stimulate us and procure wild pleasure.”



Potentially every physical space can host art. The idea of extending ourselves also to the stairs comes from this awareness together with the idea that an unusual path, starting from the bottom to at the end of the staircase, can be the ideal form to learn about an artist or a particular form of art, synthesizing it in the space of 51 steps and in the time necessary to discover them.

Patrizia Cattaneo Moresi, Artrust


Hungarian painter and graphic artist, he studied medicine and literature at the university, only later approaching the artistic environment: starting from 1927, he attended the Academy Podolini-Volkmann and then the Műhely where he had the possibility of making art untied from reality. At the beginning of the thirties, he moved to Paris, where he worked as a graphic artist and later as a full-time artist, experimenting with a geometric painting based on the optical effects that precede his journey towards the Op-Art of the Fifties. With the group exhibition “Le Mouvement”, Vasarely and other great contemporary artists (Agam, Calder and Tinguely) lay the foundations of Op-Art. For the occasion, the Hungarian painter wrote a theoretical text in which he exposed the central idea of his art, based on the principle of plastic unity.
During the 60s and 70s his optical images became part of popular culture, having a profound impact on architecture, information technology and fashion. His paintings are found in permanent collections of important museums all over the world.


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