The collection was showcased in June 2021 on the rooftop of the Auditorium Rainier III in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, where models strutted across ‘Hexa Grace’, a monumental mosaic artwork created by Vasarely in 1979 as a commission for Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honour of his wife, the former film star Grace Kelly. The work comprises 24,000 diamonds made from volcanic lava and enamelled in 14 vibrant colours, forming a hexagonal shape that appears to expand out towards the Mediterranean Sea. Like all the artworks used in Dossena’s collection, the mosaic still feels fiercely modern over four decades after its creation.
“Victor Vasarely would have loved this confrontation and collaboration with the heirs of Paco Rabanne,” commented Pierre Vasarely, the artist’s grandson and the president of Fondation Vasarely who has collaborated with Selfridges to put together an exhibition of artworks shown alongside the Paco Rabanne collection and archival pieces. The exhibition aims to “demonstrate the vast expanse of Vasarely’s universe”, he says, as well as the continued relevance of not only his artworks, but his innovative approach to making art. “Victor Vasarely stood for social art, the integration of art into the city and programmable art long before the age of computers,” says Pierre Vasarely. “He was, above all, a visionary and a utopian.”