[Love Your Neighbor/Murder on the Railway Line/(Film Poster)]

Object Details

Title:

[Love Your Neighbor/Murder on the Railway Line/(Film Poster)]

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Weimar, Germany (Place created)

Date:

1925

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

37.5 x 27 cm (14 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.)

Copyright:

© 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.

Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, November 2, 1985 to January 5, 1986, (Cat.)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, January 31 to April 13, 1986, (Cat.)
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, (Cat.)
Bibliography

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.