Julio Le Parc

Julio Le Parc is one of the most renowned figures in the field of research, and experimental visual arts focused on both modern op-art and kinetic art, and his influence spans from the mid-20th century to the present. He was born in 1928 in Mendoza, Argentina where he studied at the National university of the Arts.

In 1958 he travelled to Paris after receiving a scholarship from the French Cultural Service, and has lived and worked from there ever since. In those early years in Paris, he met artists such as Victor Vasarely and other important representatives of Kinetic art. From them, Le Parc extracted not only its formal proposals regarding movement but also its political implications to articulate aesthetic experiences without the need of previous knowledge or any sort of familiarity with the art world. Such implications derived into collective practices of the “Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel” (GRAV), of which he was a founding member, guided by a rejection of the position of art in capitalism. The collective emphasized anonymity and the participation of spectators through the application of industrial, mechanical, and kinetic techniques alike.

He was awarded the International Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966. His works are part of the main worldwide public collections and are regularly shown in international exhibitions.

Julio Le Parc has recently been invited for monographic exhibitions at the Perez Art Museum, Miami, USA, 2016, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK, 2015, and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013. He has shown within the group exhibitions Art Unlimited Basel, Switzerland, 2017; Eye Attack – Op art and Kinetic art 1950-1970 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, 2016; The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA, 2014; Phares, Centre Pompidou Metz, France, 2013; Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013, Tate Liverpool, UK, 2013; Dynamo. Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l’art 1913-2013, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2013; Modernités Plurielles 1905-1970, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2012; Ghosts in the Machine, New Museum, New York, USA, 2012; Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color and Space, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C, USA, 2012.

His works are part of important public collections: MoMa New York, Tate London, MNAM/Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, LACMA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Humlebaek, Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal, MACBA Buenos Aires, Walker Art Center Minneapolis, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, New Orleans Museum of Art, Delgado Museum, New Orleans.

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