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László Moholy-Nagy

Bácsborsód 1895 – 1946 Chicago

”Space Modulator Experiment, Aluminium 5”. 1931-35

Multi-Media-object: Oil on incised transparent plastic disk and aluminium plate, mounted on panel painted by the artist. 86,5 × 71 × 8 cm. (34 × 28 × 3 ⅛ in.) On the aluminium plate signed and dated lower right (incised): L. Moholy=Nagy 31-35. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on the reverse. Catalogue raisonné: Accompanied by a confirmation by Hattula Moholy-Nagy, daughter of the artist, Ann Arbor, dated 22 June 2021. The plastic disk was expertly replaced 2015 due to aging. In places with scuff marks.  [3016]

ProvenanceSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (Inv.- no. 1112, presumably sold in the 1960s) / Galerie Schlégl, Zurich (at least until 1991) / Private Collection, Rhineland

EUR 600.000 – 800.000
USD 698,000 – 930,000

„Space Modulator Experiment, Aluminum 5“

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ExhibitionLászló Moholy-Nagy. Valencia, IVAM, Centro Julio González; Kassel, Fridericianum, und Marseille, Musée Cantini, 1991, cat. no. 67, ill. p. 115 / Verschmelzendes Rosa und schwarze Spannung. Werke des osteuropäischen Konstruktivismus aus einer deutschen Privatsammlung. Winterthur, Kunstmuseum, 2001, ill. p. 55 / Von Kandinsky bis Tatlin. Konstruktivismus in Europa. Bonn, Kunstmuseum, 2006, p. 188, ill.. p. 119 / From the Bauhaus to the New World / Vom Bauhaus zur Neuen Welt. Josef Albers and László Moholy-Nagy. London, Tate Modern; Bielefeld, Kunsthalle, and New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2006/07, cat. no. 73, ill. p. 59 / László Moholy-Nagy. Retrospektive. Frankfurt a. M., Schirn-Kunsthalle, 2009/10 / L’abstraction en Europe. Le choix d’un collectionneur allemand. Saint-Paul de Vence, Fondation Maeght, 2011, cat. no. 87, ill. p. 124 / Constructivism in Europe. From Malevich to Kandinsky. Peking, National Art Museum of China, 2012, cat. no. 88, ill. p. 122 / Die Revolution entlässt ihre Bilder. Von Malewitsch bis Kandinsky. Münster, Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso, 2014, cat. no. 46, ill. p. 122 / Moholy-Nagy. Future Present. New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim; Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, und Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2016/17, cat. no. 238, ill. p. 204, p. 194, ill. 9 (detail)

Literature and IllustrationRoberta Smith: Moholy-Nagy. Future Present. Vision and Precision in a Fluid Braid (review of the New York 2016 exhibition with a photo of the work;; query date 22.10.2021) / Ben Davies: The Big Missed Opportunity in the Guggenheim’s László Moholy-Nagy Show. Compared to Moholy-Nagy’s own vision, the Guggenheim show feels genteel (review with a photo of the work in the New York exhibition 2016; see:; query date 22.10.2021)

Essay about this artwork by Jeannine Fiedler.

Nina Barge about this object by Moholy-Nagy

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