Moholy-Nagy, László

László Moholy-Nagy, painter and photographer, 1895-1946

László Moholy-Nagy, born László Weisz, was a Hungarian painter and photographer as well as a professor in the Bauhaus school. He designed stage sets for successful and controversial operatic and theatrical productions, designed exhibitions and books, created ad campaigns, wrote articles, and made films. In 1937, on the recommendation of Walter Gropius, and at the invitation of Walter Paepcke, the Chairman of the Container Corporation of America, Moholy-Nagy moved to Chicago to become the director of the "New Bauhaus". His largest accomplishment may be the "School of Design" in Chicago, which survives today as part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.