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Friday, Aug. 12, 2011
"Moholy-Nagy in Motion"
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
By TOMOKO HORI
This is the first retrospective in Japan of the Hungarian contemporary artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), who is known as a Constructivist artist, photographer and a professor at the Bauhaus arts and crafts school in Germany. He worked in a wide range of fields, which included painting, photography, sculpture, film, graphics and stage design, creating works that shed light on contemporary issues such as information technology, communication and the relationship between art and industrial technologies.
On show are many pieces drawn from his family's collection, such as paintings from when he lived in Hungary, and color photos from his time in the United States. In total, there are around 300 items; till Sept. 4.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; (075) 761-4111; Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; 10-min. walk from Higashiyama Station, Tozai Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri., till 8 p.m.) ¥1,300. Closed Mon. www.momak.go.jp.