Moholy-Nagy: Future Present at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, May 27 – September 7, 2016

“László Moholy-Nagy (b. 1895, Borsód, Austria-Hungary; d. 1946, Chicago) believed in the potential of art as a vehicle for social transformation, working hand in hand with technology for the betterment of humanity. A restless innovator, Moholy-Nagy experimented with a wide variety of mediums, moving fluidly between the fine and applied arts in pursuit of his quest to illuminate the interrelatedness of life, art, and technology. An artist, educator, and writer who defied categorization, he expressed his theories in numerous influential writings that continue to inspire artists and designers today.” ― Guggenheim Museum

“New creative experiments are an enduring necessity.” ― László Moholy-Nagy, Production-Reproduction, 1922

László Moholy-Nagy, A II, 1924

Laszl6 Moholy-Nagy. A II (Construction A 10, 1924. Oil and graphite on canvas, 115.8 x 136.5 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 43.900. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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László Moholy-Nagy. Photogram, 1926. Gelatin silver photogram , 23.8 x 17.8 cm. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ralph M. Parsons Fund. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA.

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László Moholy-Nagy. A 19, 1927. Oil and graphite on canvas, 80 x 95.5 cm. Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Ann Arbor, MI. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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László Moholy-Nagy. Construction AL6 (Konstruktion AL6), 1933–34. Oil and incised lines on aluminum, 60 × 50 cm. IVAM, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Generalitat. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

László Moholy‑Nagy. CH BEATA I, 1939. Oil and graphite on canvas, 118.9 x 119.8 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 48.1128. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy. Space Modulator, 1939–45. Oil and incised lines on Plexiglas, in original frame Plexiglas: 63.2 × 66.7 cm; frame: 88.6 × 93 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 47.1064. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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László Moholy‑Nag. Photogram, 1941. Gelatin silver photogram, 28 x 36 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Sally Petrilli, 1985. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

László Moholy-Nagy, B-10 Space Modulator, 1942

László Moholy‑Nagy. B‑10 Space Modulator, 1942. Oil and incised lines on Plexiglas in original frame Plexiglas: 42.9 × 29.2 cm; frame: 82.9 × 67.6 cm 42.9 x 29.2 x 6 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 47.1063. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy. Papmac, 1943 Oil and incised lines on Plexiglas, in original frame Plexiglas: 58.4 × 70.5 cm; frame: 91.1 × 101.9 cm. Private collection. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Dual Form with Chromium Rods

László Moholy-Nagy. Dual Form with Chromium Rods, 1946. Plexiglas and chrome-plated brass, 92.7 × 121.6 × 55.9 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection 48.1149. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Kristopher McKay © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Vision in Motion

László Moholy-Nagy. Cover and design for Vision in Motion (Paul Theobald, 1947). Bound volume, 28.6 × 22.9 cm. The Hilla von Rebay Foundation Archive. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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László Moholy-Nagy. Room of the Present (Raum der Gegenwart), constructed in 2009 from plans and other documentation dated 1930. Installation view: Play Van Abbe – Part 2: Time Machines, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, April 10–September 12, 2010. Mixed media, outer dimensions: 442 × 586.8 × 842.8 cm; inner dimensions: 350 × 556 × 812 cm. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Peter Cox, courtesy Art Resource, New York.

Images courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum