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László Moholy-Nagy «Light Display: Black-White-Grey» | Light Display Black-White-Grey
László Moholy-Nagy, «Light Display: Black-White-Grey», 1930
Light Display Black-White-Grey | Filmstill | ©

Germany | 5' 30" | 16 mm, s/w - stumm - 5'30 – 1930 | Archive / Collection: Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin | mixed media installation

 László Moholy-Nagy

«Moholy-Nagy was born in Bacsbarsad, Hungary on July 20, 1895. He studied law in Budapest and was wounded in action in 1917. In 1918, after successfully completing his studies, he abandoned the pursuit of jurisprudence, worked as an artist, and became a member of the important group ‹MA› He lived in Berlin from 1920 to 1923, painting, contributing to avant-gard journals, and making photograms. [...] From 1923 to 1928 he was master at the Bauhaus and head of its metals workshop, at first in Dessau and then in Weimar. [...] He left the Bauhaus in 1928. In the following years he worked as a stage designer for Piscator’s Volkstheater and the State Opera [...]. He was forced to emigrate in 1934, going first to Amsterdam and then to London. In 1937 he founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, but this school had to close for financial reasons. It was succeeded by the School of Design in 1939 (renamed th ‹Institute of Design› in 1944). In the last years fo his life Moholy-Nagy made plexiglass sculptures. He died on November 24, 1947, in Chicago.»

(source: Goethe-Institut (ed.), The German Avant-Garde Film of the 1920’s, exhib. cat., München, 1989, p. 52.)