László Moholy-Nagy, Komposition A 19, 1927, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 37 3/4". © 2009 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.


László Maholy-Nagy

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
July 25, 2013–February 7, 2010

Curated by Ingrid Pfeiffer

Marking the ninetieth anniversary of the Bauhaus, the Schirn Kunsthalle presents a major retrospective of Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy, featuring prominently among its 170 individual works Raum der Gegenwart (Room for Today)—a large space animated by projected images, kinetic walls, and undulating sheets of glass. Although conceived in 1930, the installation could have easily been taken for the latest offering on the global biennial circuit when it was executed for the first time this spring at the Kunsthalle Erfurt in collaboration with the Schirn, where it will be reinstalled this fall amid paintings, film, fonts, stage designs, sculpture, and photographs—the dizzying range of aesthetic endeavors Moholy-Nagy engaged. This survey of the artist’s work will reveal a figure richly deserving of the epithet “avant-garde”: As Room for Today attests, while very much of his moment, Moholy-Nagy was also clearly ahead of his time.