Summer 2016

A message for modernity

Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts

By Oliver A. I. Botar
Designed by Integral Lars Müller
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin. Lars Müller Publishers, €35

In the late 1950s I had tea in London with László Moholy-Nagy’s former secretary, surrounded by his paintings and sitting on slippery plywood prototypes of chairs by Charles Eames, who had studied with Moholy-Nagy. In conversation we came to link the chairs with the plywood splints that Eames designed for injured servicemen in the Second World War with the wooden ‘Hand Sculptures’ made at the School of Design in Chicago. And we asked if it was possible to imagine Eames’s films without his teacher’s example. Each generation will have its debt to Moholy-Nagy.


Cover shows a recoloured detail of an untitled photogram, 1940.
Spread from Sensing the Future. The layout includes a photogram, 1925-26; two vertical spreads from School of Design in Chicago, 1941; cover of Qualität, nos.1 & 2, 1931; and film stills, 1932, Berlin Still Life, and Lightplay Black White Grey.


Richard Hollis designer, writer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 92 vol. 23, 2016


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