The large-scale complex of the Congress Center (called Les Spélugues)
was opened in 1978. The boulevard Louis II runs under the massive
building which has been constructed of elements on a hexagonal plan and
includes the 636-room Hotel “Loews” and 100 apartments. On the highest
roof-level, of which there is an excellent view from the terrace. There
is a striking mosaic composed of colored tiles, which was designed in
1979 by Victor Vasarély and has the title “Hexagrace – Le Ciel, la Mer,
la Terre”. The Fondation Vasarély in Aix-en-Provence was responsible
for its execution. planetware.com
Who was Victor Vasarely?
Victor Vasarely (Vásárhelyi Győző) (9 April 1906, Pécs – 15 March 1997, Paris) was a French Hungarian-born artist often acclaimed as the father of Op-art. He was a very talented artist.
Working as a graphic artist in the 1930s he created what is considered the first Op-art piece — Zebra, consisting of curving black and white stripes, indicating the direction his work would take. Over the next two decades, Vasarely developed his style of geometric abstract art. His work won his international renown and he received 4 prestigious prizes. He died in Paris in 1997.