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Machine Imaginaire – Vera Molnar’s Algorithms

The Hungarian artist, who has lived in Paris for more than 70 years, is a pioneer of computer art. By developing the principle of Machine Imaginaire, the ever-experimenting, tireless Vera Molnar laid the foundations for an algorithmic work of art based on aesthetics: she defined a machine that works according to a program according to certain rules and generates works of art. However, the decision here, as in any creative process, belongs to the artist, so it is as much a part of the work as the construction of the algorithm.


Vera Molnar was born in Budapest in 1924, yet the world got to know her from France. Although he studied painting at the Hungarian College of Fine Arts with István Szőnyi between 1942 and 1947, where he met Ferenc Fiedler, Judit Reigl, Márta Pán, and Simon Hantai, with whom he later met again in Paris, he has been living and working in Paris since ’47.

For the longest time, she created in silence, without interest. She was fifty-two years old when she held her first solo exhibition at the Polytechnic of Central London in 1976, a work she called a geometric abstract, but beyond. Vera Molnár’s art is particularly unique, it differed from the main directions followed by the concrete artists of the age, her visual thinking is mostly algorithmic: mathematics, playfulness, and chance have played an important role in her works.

Together with her husband, François Molnar, they developed their own system, which is nourished by the close connection between modern science and art, and which in many respects foreshadowed the artistic and technical developments of the decade. After Vera Molnár’s solo exhibition in London, she became more and more the focus of attention, and to this day she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

It is now known as the origin of computer art, its extremely powerful creator. She is a pioneer in generative art, in the connection between structure and chance, and in an authentic clarification of his aesthetic role. The exhibition in MODEM touches all the stages of the oeuvre, according to a specific curatorial guiding principle.

This time, the Vera Molnar ouvre builds on the decades-long collection and focus of Hungarian private collectors, presenting the work of a world-famous artist per thousand square meters, who is still considered one of the greatest contemporaries in Hungary.

Curator: Szabolcs Süli-Zakar DLA. Opening day: July 18th, 2020 at 4 pm: Steve Reich pieces in space – performed by students of the DE Faculty of Music 16.15: Vernal Roam – mathematical adventures, with Miklós Hoffmann, professor 5 pm: Vera Molnár and Hungarian private collectors – round table discussion.

Participants. Péter Antal, Judith Nemes, and András Szöllősi-Nagy, art collectors János Rechnitzer, mathematician Miklós Hoffmann. Moderator: Szabolcs Süli-Zakar Curator The number of staff is limited, so in order to facilitate the organization, we would like to thank you for your participation at the following address: registacio@modemart.