The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, the first comprehensive retrospective of the pioneering artist and educator László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) to be seen in the United States in nearly 50 years. The exhibition will run from February 12th through June 18th, 2017.
Organized by LACMA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and the Art Institute of Chicago, this exhibition examines the rich and varied career of the Hungarian-born modernist. One of the most versatile figures of the twentiethcentury avant-garde, Moholy (as he is often called) believed in the potential of art as a vehicle for social transformation and in the value of new technologies in harnessing that potential. He was a pathbreaking painter, photographer, sculptor, designer, and filmmaker as well as a prolific writer and an influential teacher in both Germany and the United States. Among his innovations were experiments with cameraless photography; the use of industrial materials in painting and sculpture; research with light, transparency, and movement; work at the forefront of abstraction; fluidity in moving between the fine and applied arts; and the conception of creative production as a multimedia endeavor. Radical for the time, these are now all firmly part of contemporary art practice.
László Moholy-Nagy, Photogram, 1926, gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 x 7 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ralph M. Parsons Fund, M.86.23, © 2017 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA (Center Left) (Center) László Moholy-Nagy, A 19, 1927, oil and graphite on canvas, 31 1/2 × 37 5/8 in., Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Ann Arbor, Michigan, © 2017 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn László Moholy-Nagy, Photograph (Berlin Radio Tower), 1928/29, gelatin silver print, 14 3/16 × 10 in., The Art Institute of Chicago, Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund, 1979.84, © 2017 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, digital image © The Art Institute of Chicago (Center Right) László Moholy-Nagy, Room of the Present, constructed 2009 from plans and other documentation dated 1930, Mixed media, inner dimensions: 137 3/4 x 218 7/8 x 319 3/4 in., Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2953, © 2017 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photography by Peter Cox, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Right) László Moholy-Nagy, Vertical Black, Red, Blue, 1945, oil and incised lines on Plexiglas, on original base, 18 × 14 1/4 × 6 1/4 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Alice and Nahum Lainer, the Ducommun and Gross Acquisition Fund, the Fannie and Alan Leslie Bequest, and the Modern and Contemporary Art Council, M.2012.135a-b, © 2017 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/Artists Rights Socie
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