Nicolas Schöffer

About the Artist

Nicolas Schöffer was born in Kalocsa, Hungary, he is a french sculptor of hungarian origins. He is one of the main representatives of the kinetic art movement, but mainly of cybernetique art; today known as interactive art. After obtaining a doctorate in Law, he took painting courses in Budapest and in 1936 moved to Paris where he lived until he passed away at the age of 80. He frequently visited l'École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and worked at Fernand Sabatté’s Atelier. 


His research led him towards the creation of sculptures which he combined with his work related to space, light and time. In this manner he introduces the concept « lumino-dynamisme » in other words, sculptures that produce mobile luminous effects by using engines, reflectors and projectors. Later, during the sixties, he develops image instruments known as the Varetra, and then the Graphilux, such musical instruments are considered authentic artistic pedagogical tools that triggers the creativity in children. 


Schöffer is an organic artist, painter,sculptor and urbanist. He dedicated his life to the creation and the fundamental research of art. 


The Varetra

 Anniversary Edition by Atelier Cruz-Diez

The VARETRA is a Light-dynamic sculpture in the form of a parallelepiped, in which it is possible to introduce and combine one to three sheets of transparent plexiglass.


Each plate, called "Unitra", is screen printed by hand with various geometric patterns, according to a fixed range of colors: red, blue, black and white. Intermittent or continuous light sources, positioned at the bottom of the sculpture. They transpose and anamorphose the Unitras motifs onto the transparent screen in the foreground.


The spectator can thus combine one, two or three Unitras as desired and change the order according to his inspiration. A colorful spectacle then appears, a true symphony of variously animated images thanks to a touch contact buttom  placed on the front of the sculpture.


This anniversary Edition was designed by the artist in 1975 and produced by Atelier Cruz-Diez Paris in 2015. 


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