Gallery Hans Mayer is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of Jean Pierre Yvaral's work from the Sixties. With this exhibition, Gallery Hans Mayer celebrates its more than 50 year old, ongoing relationship with the artist group ‘Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel’ (GRAV), which Yvaral has been an active member of since the beginning of the Sixties. His first German solo exhibition with Hans Mayer took place in 1966 at the (Op)art gallery in Esslingen and he has been exhibited consistently ever since.
Jean Pierre Vasarely, popularly known by his artist name Yvaral, was born in 1934 in Paris and passed away there in 2002. He was the son of Victor Vasarely and studied graphics and advertising from 1950 until 1953 at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris. In 1960 he became part of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel together with like-minded colleagues such as Julio Le Parc, Francois Morellet, Horacio Garcia Rossi, Francisco Sobrino and Joel Stein. They were interested in developing a coherent abstract visual language through the use of simple geometric elements. From the end of the Fifties onwards, Yvaral was represented by the Parisian Gallery Denise Rene and participated, both as part of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel and later as an individual artist, in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including among others the documenta III in Kassel. His works are represented in several renowned institutions and collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Collection of Belgium; The Museum of Zagreb; Newark Museum; The Tate Gallery, London; The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and the Museum of Philadelphia.