Artist profile

László  Moholy-Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy (b. Bácsborsód, Hungary 1895 – d. Chicago, US 1946) was one of the most versatile artists of the twentieth century: a pioneer in painting, sculpture, photography and photograms as well as film making and design. He was also an ardent educator and arguably the most active and influential member of the Bauhaus in Dessau, Weimar and Berlin. In 1937 he dedicatedly continued the school’s educational mission by establishing ‘The New Bauhaus’ in Chicago. His career path and life, including migrating from one country to another, was strongly influenced by the historical and political events of the early 20th century. 

Biography

1895
Born in Bácsborsód, Hungary
1915
Enlisted in the Austro-Hungarian army
1920
Moved to Berlin
1923
Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus invited him to teach at the school in Weimar. Moved to Weimar then Dessau
1928
Both Gropius and Moholy-Nagy left the Bauhaus because of political reasons
1933
Moved to Holland as it was hard for avant-garde artists to work and live under a Nazi regime. He fled to Amsterdam, where he worked, exhibited and lectured with the De Stijl artists
1934
Moved to London
1937
Invited to hold the position of director of the New Bauhaus. Moved to the US and remained in Chicago, where he later opened his own School of Design
1946
Died in Chicago, America