Future Present, the first comprehensive retrospective of Moholy-Nagy’s work in the United States in nearly 50 years, brings together approximately 300 works in all media that survey the artist’s historic career. Drawn from public and private collections, the exhibition includes the large-scale installation, Room of the Present, originally conceived by Moholy-Nagy in 1930. Organized by the Art Institute of Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles the exhibition is currently on view at Los Angeles County Museum of Art through June 18, 2017.
Future Present is right on time, reminding us of the power of the avant-garde to see the state of the world far beyond their death. Coming of age as abstraction came into vogue, Moholy-Nagy was a disciple of the Industrial Age in which he lived. Insisting that art must be made from the materials contemporary to one’s period. As an artist working in the first half of the twentieth century, Moholy-Nagy employed case recorded sound, photography, film, and synthetic plastics to speak to the people in the language with which they were most familiar.
László Moholy-Nagy worked across continents and mediums in the early 20th century. The painter, photographer, sculptor and pioneering Constructivist was born in Hungary, taught at the Bauhaus in Germany and founded the school’s continuation in Chicago.