Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1895-1946
Simple name : Person: artist
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/4978
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy was born in Hungary and studied law in Budapest.
Taking up painting and photography after the First World War, he was in close contact with revolutionary, avant-garde artists in Budapest before moving to Berlin in 1920. He taught at the Bauhaus from 1923 to 1928, as head of the Preliminary Course in design, and in the Metal Workshop.
An artist-engineer, he co-edited the fourteen Bauhaus books, while privately working on experimental photography and documentary films. From 1928-33 he worked in Berlin principally as a stage designer, then moved to Amsterdam.
He arrived in England in 1935 and met with considerable success as a commercial, graphic and exhibition designer. One-man exhibitions were held at the London Gallery and the Royal Photographic Society, before he left for the USA; he was Director of the New Bauhaus in Chicago from 1937. In 1939, he founded the Chicago School of Design. (Green 1990)
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- Designed posters for London Transport : 1936-1937