Nicolas Schöffer

Kalocsa, Hungary 1912 - Paris, France 1992

"Without Art, we cannot imagine a society. It would be unlivable"

French artist and theoretician of Hungarian origin, Nicolas Schöffer is one of the major representatives of kinetic art and a precursor of electronic and digital art. 

 

He studied at the Budapest School of Fine Arts and obtained a doctorate in law. He emigrated to Paris in 1936 and continued his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. From the 1950s, Schöffer developed his first prospective research, first in painting and then in sculpture. They are close to Mondrian's neo-plastician aesthetic. Quickly, Schöffer thinks his ideas on the scale of the city and develops from 1948 to 1956 his concept of "spatiodynamism". Schöffer thinks of the future and calls upon the most advanced technologies of his time: cybernetics.

 

Schöffer tries to give back to art its first function which would allow man to modify his conditions of existence and develops his concept of "plasticology". Alongside his artistic research, he also devoted himself to teaching and writing theoretical works (The Cybernetic City, 1969; The New City Charter, 1974). 

 

He is a visionary artist who has worked on transdisciplinary collaborations: dance with Maurice Béjart, music with Pierre Henry, cinema with Claude Lelouch.

 

A recognised artist of his time, he won the Grand Prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1968. His work is currently exhibited in major collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and in architectural integrations such as the Cybernetic Tower in Liege in the Parc de la Boverie.

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Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire A, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015
Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire A, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015

Sculpture lumino-dynamique 22 x 12,5 cm édition de 76

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Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire B, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015
Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire B, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015

Sculpture lumino-dynamique 22 x 12,5 cm édition de 76

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Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire C, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015
Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire C, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015

Sculpture lumino-dynamique 22 x 12,5 cm édition de 76

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Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire A, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015
Nicolas Schöffer, Varetra, Combinatoire A, édition anniversaire 1975 / 2015

Sculpture lumino-dynamique 22 x 12,5 cm édition de 76

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