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Identification and Creation
Object Number
László Moholy-Nagy, American (Bacsborsod, Hungary 1895 - 1946 Chicago, Ill., USA)
Work Type
Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1520, Modern and Contemporary Art, Art in Germany Between the Wars
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
54.3 x 45.6 x 1.5 cm (21 3/8 x 17 15/16 x 9/16 in.)
frame: 70.8 x 62.2 x 10.8 cm (27 7/8 x 24 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, c.r., black ink: Construction, 1922
    [hand not identified]
  • inscription: verso, u.r., black, in artist's hand: MOHOLY
Lydia Dorner, gift; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1961.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Lydia Dorner in memory of Dr. Alexander Dorner
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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Publication History

Hans Hildebrandt, Die Kunst des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, Handbuch der Kunstwissenschaft, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft Athenaion (Wildpark-Potsdam, 1924), p. 402

Charles L. Kuhn, German Expressionism and Abstract Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1957), n.p., fig. 35

Samuel Cauman, The Living Museum, Experiences of an Art Historian and Museum Director: Alexander Dorner, New York University Press (New York, 1958), pp. 98-99

Alexander Dorner, The Way Beyond "Art", New York University Press (New York, 1958)

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 122

Megan Luke, Kurt Schwitters Space, Image, Exile, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL, 2014), pg. 61; fig. 17

Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol Eliel, and Carol Vail, ed., Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 2016), p. 49, plate 025

Exhibition History

Kabinett der Abstrakten, Provinzial-Museum Hannover, 01/01/1927 - 12/31/1928

19th- and 20th-Century Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1980 - 08/31/1980

Art of the Weimar Era, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 04/05/1982 - 05/22/1982

Modell Bauhaus, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 07/22/2009 - 10/04/2009

32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 04/04/2016; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/03/2017 - 12/10/2018; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/05/2019 - 01/01/2050

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 05/27/2016 - 09/07/2016; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 10/02/2016 - 01/03/2017; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 02/12/2017 - 06/18/2017

The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

The Bauhaus

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