Convex & Concave, Op-Art
© Bildrecht Wien, 2019: Richard Anuszkiewicz Convex & Concave, 1966

Vertigo, go, go!

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.

The deception of vertigo.

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

mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna in the MuseumsQuartier

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 17% off , 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 140 cm low
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main and side entrance as well as restaurant/café: accessible via elevator.

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Gianni Colombo, People looking at op art, 1960ies

Gianni Colombo, After Structures, 1966–67, Galleria l'Obelisco, Roma, 1966

© Archivio Gianni Colombo, Milano
Satyrs, admiring a mirror anamorphosis, copper engraving

Hans Tröschel after Sime Vouet, Satyrs marveling at a mirror anamorphosis, 1610–1628

© Foto: Markus Wörgötter
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