Moholy-Nagy, László (1895-1946), Hungarian-born theorist and multimedia artist. He arrived in Berlin in 1919 with no formal training, but immediately became active in the arts. After his marriage with Lucia Schulz (Moholy) he engaged both in art theory and in avant-garde painting and photogram production. At the Weimar Bauhaus 1923-8 he developed a curriculum in industrial design comprising material studies as well as early media elements, e.g. photography and film. He also wrote two influential books, Malerei Fotografie Film (1924) and Von Material zu Architektur (1929; trans. as The New Vision, 1930), and planned a third (Vision in Motion) which appeared posthumously in 1947. In 1928 he moved to Berlin, where he worked as an exhibition and stage designer and film-maker. He continued to collaborate with Lucia even after their divorce. With his second wife and his daughter, he emigrated in 1934 to Amsterdam, then London—where he produced several photographic books and designed sets for the film Things to Come (1936)—and in 1937 to Chicago, where he founded, and tirelessly promoted, the ‘New Bauhaus’ (soon reorganized as the Chicago School of Design). There he worked in colour photography and acrylic sculpture, and planned numerous projects in various media that his early death left unrealized. Although Moholy's reputation attracted many talented students to Chicago, it was not until the advent of Conceptual art that the importance of his work was fully recognized.
— Rolf Sachsse
- In Focus: László Moholy-Nagy at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (1995)