Das Lichtrequisit

Object Details

Title:

Das Lichtrequisit

Artist/Maker(s):

László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1895 - 1946)

Culture:

American

Date:

1930

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

24 x 18.1 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

Copyright:

© 2014 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Also called Light Prop for an Electric Stage, this kinetic sculpture that László Moholy-Nagy designed and photographed was intended to create light displays for theater, dance, or other performance spaces. With its gleaming glass and metal surfaces of mobile perforated disks, a rotating glass spiral, and a sliding ball, the Light-Space Modulatorcreated the effect of photograms in motion. As photographed here, the geometric complexity of the design and the shapes created by shadows and light convey the dynamic possibilities of both machine and camera.

Exhibitions
Vision in Motion: The Photographs of László Moholy-Nagy (June 27 to October 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 27 to October 8, 1995