Vera Molnár

A true revolutionary in the art world, Vera Molnár was born in Budapest in 1924. Revolutionary? Indeed, throughout her life, Vera Molnar has constantly redefined the boundaries of geometric abstraction, by exploring shapes, transformation and movement. Her artistic creations, in which rigorous composition predominates, rest on mathematical principles, thus anticipating the advent of the computer age.

After studying art history and aesthetics at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Vera Molnár moved to Paris in 1947. There, she became fully immersed in the art scene. Her fellow artists are nothing but eminent contemporaries such as Victor Vasarely, Fernand Léger and Kandinsky.

From 1959 onwards, she began experimenting with algorithmic programs, laying the foundations for her “imaginary machine”. But it was in 1968, when she gained access to a computer for the first time in a research laboratory at the Sorbonne, that she created what would later become a new artistic movement, generative art. Guided by the contrast between order and disorder, she developed a unique artistic language by programming the computer to generate geometric shapes, infusing an element of randomness into her works. A pioneer, a breaker of traditional artistic conventions and a founding member of the Centre de Recherche d’Art Visuel, Vera Molnár has left an indelible mark on the history of contemporary art.

Today, on the eve of her 100th birthday, she continues to create every day. A series of NFT, created in 2023 in partnership with digital artist Martin Grasser, for Sotheby’s and with the support of ArtxCode, is in a way the consecration of her work. Vera is considered by many, and forever, to be the ‘mother’ of generative art, a movement that is currently revolutionizing contemporary art.

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