László Moholy-Nagy, ‘Behind the Back of the Gods’, 1928, Art Institute of Chicago

Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Ford Motor Company Collection

"Moholy-Nagy: Future Present"

Venue: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2016)

Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987, 1987.1100.23

About László Moholy-Nagy

A new media innovator and devotee throughout his artistic career, László Moholy-Nagy worked in a staggering array of mediums, including film, typography, sculpture, graphic and stage design, photography, painting, and writing. Moholy-Nagy was a pivotal member of the Bauhaus school, where he authored several influential design books and was a proponent of integrating art and technology. With his photograms, such as Photogram with Eiffel Tower (1925-1929), Moholy-Nagy experimented with the abstract potential of a traditionally documentary medium. The artist’s photography was also distinguished by its abstract qualities achieved through his bold experimentation with perspective. Among Moholy-Nagy’s three-dimensional works, the best known is Light Prop for an Electric Stage (1930), a mechanical sculpture that used light as a material and cast shifting shadows on the walls around it.

Hungarian, 1895-1946, Bácsborsód, Hungary