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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary 1971 - 2011

of

Manfred Mohr - Computer Graphics
"Une Esthétique Programmée"
ARC - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
11. May - 6. June 1971



THE HISTORY:
In 1970 Pierre Gaudibert, director of Animation-Recherche-Confrontation (ARC) at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, visited the computer center of the Meteorology Institute in Paris, Avenue Rapp, where Manfred Mohr conducted his research in computer graphics. Gaudibert was so impressed by what he saw that he subsequently invited Mohr to prepare a show of his work at the Museum.

It was May 11, 1971 when the ARC - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris opened the now historic exhibition:

Computer Graphics - Une Esthétique Programmée

An exhibition by Manfred Mohr, featuring for the first time, a one-person show in a museum of works entirely calculated by a digital computer and drawn by a plotter.
The show consisted of:
- 28 drawings framed and displayed on the wall
- A Benson 1284 drawing machine (plotter) and its magnetic tape drive installed at the museum
- A large white panel, a sort of guest book, where visitors could write comments of whatever they wished to say
- An exhibition catalog printed for this occasion with texts by three authors and all 28 drawings from the show

more history leading to this show



Invitation     Poster



Photos of the opening     Demonstration Plot



Complete exhibition catalog (french/english)



1971 French and German press about the show

  Le Monde, Figaro, Nouvel Observateur etc.



Layout and detailed history of the exhibition



Subsequent history of the drawings from the show

  Museum collections, Algorithms


During the time of the show a large white panel was mounted in the exhibition hall at the Museum, a sort of guest book, where visitors could write whatever they wished to say.

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© 2011 by Manfred Mohr