After hearing all of the wonderful praise for the Laszlo Moholy-Nagy exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, I knew I had to check it out before it ended. Moholy-Nagy was a prominent figure in photography, architecture, film, sculpture, theater design, and product design. He experimented with a variety of media and was truly a multidisciplinary artist. He strongly believed that art should be created using materials of one's time. His work was very industrial, with sculptures made of plexiglass and films made using sound technology of his time. He felt that anyone could be an artist and all it took was the act of studying ideas like motion, sound, and theories of one's time by using unique materials and tools. Experimentation was his main focus and his artwork was a result of many studies and trials.
He is best known for his time as a professor at the Bauhaus school of architecture in Germany. "In 1937 he founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, a school that continues today as the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology." (Source) The Future Present exhibition at the Art Institute displayed more than 300 works of art done in a variety of media and I must say, the exhibition did not disappoint.
Check out a glimpse of some of my favorites from the exhibition:
View a short video created by the Art Institute of Chicago about the exhibit:
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