László Moholy-Nagy K VII 1922

Artwork details

Artist
Title
K VII
Date 1922
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1153 x 1359 mm
frame: 1308 x 1512 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1961
Reference
T00432

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The 'K' in the title of K VII stands for the German word Konstruktion (‘construction’), and the painting's ordered, geometrical forms are typical of Moholy-Nagy’s technocratic Utopianism. The year after it was painted, he was appointed to teach the one year-preliminary course at the recently founded Bauhaus in Weimar. Moholy-Nagy’s appointment signalled a major shift in the school’s philosophy away from its earlier crafts ethos towards a closer alignment with the demands of modern industry, and a programme of simple design and unadorned functionalism.

April 2012

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