Nicolas Schöffer (1912–1992) was a Hungarian-born French artist and sculptor, famous for his major work in the field of kinetics and cybernetics.
From 1948 to 1970 Schöffer developed an artistic concept called spatiodynamism, which is part of the kinetic art movement. Luminodynamism is a specific term related to Schöffer’s work, which emphasizes the use of light in his kinetic art works. Chronodynamics, on the other hand, refers to the use of time in Schöffer’s artistic creations. His artistic legacy lies in his ability to combine the field of art and technology.
This is the catalog of a solo exhibition organized in April–May 1970, published by Galerie Denise René, Paris. It comes with a two-panel cover printed on silver paper, a preface by Philippe Sers, and 23 photographs of the artist’s sculptures, including eight in color, and a plan.
The book design is link to Schöffer’s artistic vision. A texture reproducing a metallic effect, reminiscent of the geometry and material of his sculptures. The central title with the artist’s name in lowercase letters (and without umlaut) recalls the strength of geometry and magnetism in the design of Schöffer’s installation.
The typeface is Eurostile, a design that marks the end of the century. Associated with various movements, it is often seen as a catalyst of a digital mindset, with avant-garde forms but at the same time drawn in a controlled and metric manner.