Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

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Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
Photograph: Courtesy Hattula Moholy-Nagy/ARS

László Moholy-Nagy worked across continents and mediums in the early 20th century. The painter, photographer, sculptor and pioneering Constructivist was born in Hungary, taught at the Bauhaus in Germany and founded the school's continuation in Chicago. LACMA has assembled a collection of more than 250 of his works, from lensless photograms to Plexiglass paintings, in his first U.S. retrospective in nearly 50 years. The exhibition, which began at the Guggenheim Museum and Art Institute of Chicago, includes a reproduction of the kinetic sculpture "Light Prop for an Electric Stage," which is featured in a realization of Moholy's never-built "Room for the Present" gallery design. It should be noted that this National Endowment for the Arts-supported exhibition about an immigrant's steadfast vision of design utopia feels particularly important today.

 

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