Liebe deinen Nächsten/ Mord auf den Schienen (Filmplakat)

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Liebe deinen Nächsten/ Mord auf den Schienen (Filmplakat)


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




Weimar, Germany, Europe (Place created)




Gelatin silver print


37.5 × 27 cm (14 3/4 × 10 5/8 in.)


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

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The overlapping circles in this photomontage suggest the range finder of a rifle and also a rapid-fire simultaneity of events. A female sharpshooter at the center of the circles reinforces the metaphor of shooting. Standing outside of the circles, a female gymnast lifting weights is seemingly unaware of the gun trained at her chest. The repeating vignettes of a railway station colonnade, to which the alternate title of the work, Murder on the Railway Line, refers, lend a sinister, almost cinematic air to the composition. László Moholy-Nagy did not intend a specific narrative; he sought instead to excite intuitive rather than intellectual responses in his audience.

Moholy-Nagy: Photography and Film in Weimar Germany (April 10, 1985 to April 13, 1986)
  • Wellesley College Museum (Wellesley), April 10 to June 10, 1985
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, November 2, 1985 to January 5, 1986
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, January 31 to April 13, 1986
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
Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (May 27, 2016 to June 18, 2017)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), May 27 to September 7, 2016
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, October 2, 2016 to January 3, 2017
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), February 12 to June 18, 2017

Saul, Julie. Moholy-Nagy Fotoplastiks, the Bauhaus Years, exh. cat. (Bronx, N.Y. (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx 10456): Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1983), p. 18.

Eliel, Carol S., Karole Vail, and Matthew S. Witkovsky, eds. Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, exh. cat. (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 2016), p. 98, fig. 121.