Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday for Photography: Laslo Moholy-Nagy

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy - Light-Space Simulator (1930)

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy(1895-1946)  was born in Hungary. He started with law studies but never finished. During these years he also took some drawing and painting classes, eventually decided he wanted to be an artist and quit his law studies. In 1920 he relocated to Berlin which was an epicentre of avant-garde movements. Moholy-Nagy had contact with Dadaïsme, but was invited into the Bauhaus school. They mixed painting, architecture, sculpture together with ideas of design.

He left the group in 1928 to start his own studio. Not much later he made the first Light-Space Simulator. It was made of different metal and glass objects that would rotate with a light shining onto the sculpture. This would create a play of the reflections from the light and the objects.
The sculpture is often called the first Kinetic sculpture. Moholy-Nagy not only made the sculpture, it also became the subject of many photographs and a movie. 

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