László Moholy-Nagy

László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) was a painter, photographer, stage designer, typographer and teacher at the Bauhaus. Having embarked on a law degree in Budapest, he broke off his studies in 1918 and moved to Berlin two years later. There he forged contacts with German artists and in 1922 had his first solo show in Herwarth Walden’s gallery Der Sturm. One year later Moholy-Nagy was appointed to the Weimar State Bauhaus, where he focused on typography and experimental film. He became joint editor, with Walter Gropius, of the bauhaus journal as well as the Bauhausbücher series of books. In 1928 he left the Bauhaus and founded his own studio for typography and photomontage in Berlin. In 1933 he attended the 4th CIAM conference in Athens, before emigrating in 1934 first to Amsterdam and later to London. In 1937 he became director of the New Bauhaus in Chicago, which was later renamed School of Design. Moholy-Nagy remained in Chicago up to his death in 1946 and continued working as a freelance artist and designer.