The Bauhaus, László Moholy-Nagy, and Milwaukee
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus (1919–1933), the innovative art, architecture, and design school in Germany, the display in this gallery highlights one of its key figures: artist, designer, and theorist László Moholy-Nagy. Among the objects featured is a new addition to the Museum’s collection, a one-of-a-kind desk set he created for the Wisconsin company Parker Pen in 1946.
The Milwaukee Art Institute (1916–1957), a Milwaukee Art Museum predecessor, not only hosted the first traveling exhibition of Moholy-Nagy’s photographs in the United States in 1931, but also presented the first U.S. exhibition about the Bauhaus, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, in 1939.
- László Moholy-Nagy, Nuclear II, 1946. Gift of Kenneth Parker. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York