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Identification and Creation

Object Number
László Moholy-Nagy, American (Bacsborsod, Hungary 1895 - 1946 Chicago, Ill., USA)
Light Prop for an Electric Stage, 1930. Exhibition replica, constructed in 2006, through the courtesy of Hattula Moholy-Nagy.
Work Type
Unidentified culture
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Metal, plastics, glass, paint, and wood, with electric motor
151 x 70 x 70 cm (59 7/16 x 27 9/16 x 27 9/16 in.)
231 lb.


Recorded Ownership History
Tate Modern.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Hildegard von Gontard Bequest Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • H. Harvard Arnason and Elizabeth Mansfield, History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography, Pearson Education, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2013), repr. as fig. 13.5 on p. 280
  • Joyce Tsai, The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come, exh. cat., Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA, 2015), 34-41, 82-83 (pl. 14),150, ill. (color)
  • Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol Eliel, and Carol Vail, ed., Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, exh. cat., The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, 2016), pp. 157, plate 178
  • Peter Schjeldahl, The Future Looked Bright: A Moholy-Nagy Retrospective, The New Yorker (New York, June 6 & 13, 2016), Vol. 92, No. 17, pp. 104-105
  • Joyce Tsai, Angela Chang, Matthew Battles, and Jeffrey Schnapp, László Moholy-Nagy’s Light Prop as Design Fiction: Perspectives on Conservation and Replication, Leonardo, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017), vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 311-315, pp. 311-315
  • LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, ed., Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement, exh. cat., Karl Kerber Verlag (2018), pp. 138, 148, ill. (color)
  • Kensho Miyoshi, Designing Objects in Motion: Exploring Kinaesthetic Empathy, Birkhäuser (Basel, 2021), pp. 30-33, fig. 1.7, ill. (b/w)

Exhibition History

  • Light Display Machines: Two Works by László Moholy-Nagy, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 07/21/2007 - 11/04/2007
  • Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 11/08/2009 - 01/25/2010
  • Moholy: An Education of the Senses, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, 02/10/2010 - 05/09/2010
  • MOHOLY-NAGY / IN MOTION, Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Hayama, 04/16/2011 - 07/10/2011; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 07/20/2011 - 09/04/2011; Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, 09/17/2011 - 12/11/2011
  • The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, 07/05/2015 - 09/27/2015
  • 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
  • Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, 11/09/2018 - 03/10/2019
  • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Hauser & Wirth, London, London, 05/17/2019 - 09/07/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

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