RCM Galerie is proud to present The Pioneers of Digital Art in the 1960's-1970's, a group exhibition of seminal works by the early generation of artists working with computers, including Charles Csuri, Desmond Paul Henry, Joan Truckenbrod, Colette Bangert, Monique Nahas and Hervé Huitric, Jean-Claude Marquette, Gerhard Von Graevenitz, Jean-Pierre Hébert, Jean-François Colonna, Alexandre Vitkine, Kammerer-Luka.

Presenting works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, collage, and computer-generated prints, the exhibition is intended as a small homage to the avant-garde artists who worked with computers. Some artists built their own circuits, others wrote their own programs or collaborated with scientists, but more often they fought for access to a computer. They also wished the artist to become a social actor in his own right, able to interact with scientists. The undeniable interest in manipulating such instruments was undoubtedly to dissociate artistic practice from the manual arts. Drawings were no longer made by hand, but with the computer. Art became fully conceptual and less the romantic expression of a marginal artist. They relied on the thinking of Max Bense and Abraham Moles, who began to apply Norbert Wiener's cybernetic and information theory to aesthetic problems.

This early generation of artists, many of whom were inspired by the Bauhaus and the principles of mathematics that transcend science and technology, created a rich vocabulary that is only now being recognized as an interesting art movement of the 20th century.


Camille & Robert Murphy


Alexandre Vitkine, Jean-François Colonna, Monique Nahas & Hervé Huitric, Jean-Claude Marquette, Kammerer-Luka, Jean-Pierre Hébert, Ruth Leavitt, Joan Truckenbroad, Colette Bangert, Charles Csuri, Desmond Paul Henry, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Aldo Giorgini, Tomislav Mikulic