László Moholy-Nagy

“The reality of our century is technology: the invention, construction and maintenance of machines. To be a user of machines is to be of the spirit of this century. Machines have replaced the transcendental spiritualism of past eras.”  –László Moholy-Nagy

I don’t really have much to add to the quote above except to say that I adore and cherish the sentiment. Spotted at the Art Gallery of NSW’s “The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910-37” which is a fantastically full exhibition featuring some incredible camera-less photographs by Moholy-Nagy, as well as some Bauhaus original furniture and a glass jug and glass set that neatly slots together into one whole translucent cube of glinting glass. Stunning. There’s heaps more than that on offer – some incredible Dada works; anti-fascist/nazi propaganda posters as well as leftist propaganda posters (“To the lantern!”); Some incredible early photographs of industrial machinery, architecture and engineering (which I love with the kind of affection a child reserves for a safety blanket); and a whole bunch of strange modernist paintings, prints, posters, drawings, inkings, lithograms, wood-block prints, and goodness knows what else. It’s a full day’s worth of gallery for only $20. If you have any interest in 20th Century art/politics/design history then you probably need to get along to it before it closes on the 6th of November.