Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

“Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” showcases 50 years of a Bauhaus master’s work in Chicago

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"Moholy-Nagy: Future Present" showcases 50 years of a Bauhaus master's work in Chicago. (Courtesy Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists)

The first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Hungarian modernist László Moholy-Nagy in 50 years is now on show at the Art Institute of Chicago. Future Present highlights more than 300 works by the prolific artist, designer, and educator. The wide range of work by Moholy includes painting, photography, film, sculpture, advertising, product design, and theater sets. Work in the show spans from when Moholy was a member of the original Bauhaus in Germany through his time as the founder of the New Bauhaus in Chicago. 

Future Present includes 38 photomontages, three of Moholy’s enamel “telephone paintings,” the iconic plunging views from the Berlin Radio Tower, and a multimedia installation based on an unfinished work by Moholy. Many of the works come from his time as the head of the “Chicago Bauhaus,” and are brought together for the first time ever. The show is in its second iteration at the Art Institute. The first showing was at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (read our full review here) and it will continue onto the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in mid-February.

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through January 3

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