One-hundred years from the birth of the Bauhaus, London pays homage to one of its protagonists with a huge exhibition. Tireless innovator, artist, teacher, theorist, Lázló Moholy-Nagy is a figure that deserves, without question, a closer look, member of that forge of creativity that was the school of Weimar and Dessau. In his work, art and technology go hand in hand, moving freely from painting, photography, design, sculpture, video and creating a happy osmosis between disciplines that were, up to that time, absolutely distinct. An aspect easily distinguished by the works on display by Hauser&Wirth, along with the pioneering aspect of the experience of the Hungarian artist, almost an ante litteram conceptualist. Curating the exhibition is Daniel Hug, grandson of the artist, known to the public as director of the Art Cologne Art Fair, as well as caring for his grandfather’s legacy at the Moholy-Nagy Foundation. The exhibition offers works produced between the ‘20s and ‘40s, from the Constructivist period to that of the Bauhaus and beyond, testimony of a lengthy career which, after the advent of Naziism, found a new home in Amsterdam, London and the United States in the renamed School of Design of Chicago. Highlighted are his experimentation with tools and techniques from modern industrial society, from typography to spray paint to photo-editing, along with a fascination for cinema and photography in general, expression of a new “culture of light”. Languages that profoundly influence the painting of Moholy-Nagy, comprised of optical experiments, transparencies, geometric illusions and an indestructible faith in art as a means to make the world a better place.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London