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László Moholy-Nagy Memorial
Contributions by László Moholy-Nagy and Hilla Rebay
Published in 1947
40 pages, fully illustrated
Hilla Rebay was a close friend of the artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946). Rebay described the artist in great reverence, observing in her commemoration to him, "his paintings touched the region which develops the soul." And so, a year after the artist's early death, the Museum Of Non-Objective Painting organized a memorial exhibition which presented a survey of Moholy-Nagy's paintings and plastics spanning four decades of his career. This early foundation publication demonstrates Rebay's commitment to non-objective painting. Prior to the memorial exhibition, the Museum of Non-Objective Painting had a dedicated hall to display the works by Moholy-Nagy, and the catalogue includes public comments on his work left by visitors to the museum. In addition, the publication incorporates excerpts from writings by the artist, a detailed biographical timeline, and black-and-white reproductions of works. Several photographs of the artist himself are also included in this exhibition catalogue, as well as installation shots of the hall dedicated entirely to his work located in the Museum of Non-Objective Painting.
As mankind is permanently in search of joy, which enlightens the soul as the sun lightens the earth, so Moholy lived. The approach to light's mysteries was his aim of life, and joy in light guided his search for its mastery. With devotion he fulfilled his vocation to bring enlightenment to others, not only as a painter, but also as a person dedicated to space control of any kind, which brings order into civilization and its result. Since darkness has no control, because darkness cannot influence light, so it had to be light which turned this man’s devotion to the many possibilities of approach to light.