The Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, 1923) has lived and worked in Paris since 1960. He is a major protagonist in the field of Kinetic and Optical art, a movement that encourages “an awareness of the instability of reality.” His body of work has established him as one of the key twentieth-century thinkers in the realm of color.

Carlos Cruz-Diez’s visual art explores the perception of color as an autonomous reality evolving in space and time, unaided by form or support, in a perpetual present.

His artworks are housed in prestigious permanent collections at institutions such as:

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
Tate Modern, London
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne


In my works, color appears and disappears during the course of a dialogue with real space and time. What also emerges is the undeniable fact that the information we have acquired and the knowledge we have memorized throughout our lifetime are, probably, not true… at least to some extent.


When we view color through an “elementary prism” that has been stripped of pre-existing meanings, it can awaken other sensory perception mechanisms that are more subtle and complex than those that have been ingrained in us by our cultural conditioning and the constant, ubiquitous barrage of information we face in our contemporary society.

Carlos Cruz-Diez
Reflexión sobre el color [Reflection on Color], Fundación Juan March, 2009 [ed. or. 1989]


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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
9/32 Krymsky Val st., 119049, Moscow, Russia
17.03.18 - 09.05.18

Museum fur Konkrete Kunst
Tränktorstraße 6-8, 85049 Ingolstadt, Germany
18.03.18 - 16.09.18

Moderna Museet
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden
24.02.18 - 13.05.18

Sala de arte Santander
Av. de Cantabria, 2, 28660 Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain
20.02.18 - 10.06.18

Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
07.03.18 - 08.07.18

Irish Museum of Modern Art
Royal Hospital, Military Road
Kilmainham, Dublin 8
D08 FW31, Ireland
13.10.17 - 30.09.18

Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States
201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States
07.12.17 - 25.03.18

Espace de l'Art Concret
Château de Mouans, 06370 Mouans-Sartoux, France
24.06.17 - 10.06.18

Tate Modern
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
17.06.16 - 31.12.18

Museo Würth La Rioja
Pol. Ind. El Sequero, Avda. Cameros pcls. 86-88, 26150 Agoncillo - La Rioja, Spain
10.03.17 - 02.04.18