The Light Aesthetics of the Classic Avant-Garde

At the beginning of the 20th century, electric light was a symbol of modernity, with a great influence on architecture, theatre, painting, sculpture, photography, film and music. Many artists developed their own ideas and designs for contemporary aesthetics influenced by light. Bauhaus artists working with the master of form László Moholy-Nagy created the core of the new movement from 1922 onwards. They experimented with the media of photography, cinema, advertising, interior design and architecture. In 1930 Moholy-Nagy designed a “contemporary room”, a constructed programme for the art of the future dominated by “new media” and kinetic objects. Kunstlichtspiele focuses on this room, as well as collecting a great number of key works of the light/art movement from the beginning of the 20th century, and including in-depth essays that approach the theme from a range of different angles. Artists among others Marianne Brandt, Robert Delaunay, Walter Dexel, Lyonel Feininger, Wenzel Hablik, Raoul Hausmann, El Lissitzky, Hans Luckhardt, László Moholy-Nagy, Christian Schad, Hans Scharoun, Hans Richter, Arthur Segal, Bruno Taut
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March 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-273-0

21,00 × 28,00 cm

240 pages

92 colored and 125 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust jacket, without Schuber

Languages: German

by Ulrike Gärtner, Kai-Uwe Hemken and Kai Uwe Schierz for Kunsthalle Erfurt authors Bernd Dicke, Jeannine Fiedler, Ulrike Gärtner, Jakob Gebert, Kai-Uwe Hemken, Matthias Henke, Ines Katenhusen, Anne Krauter, Dirk Pörschmann, Carsten Ruhl, Rolf Sachsse, Kai Uwe Schierz, Norbert M. Schmitz, Michael Siebenbrodt, Timm Starl

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „KUNSTLICHTSPIELE Lichtästhetik der klassischen Avantgarde“, 29 March to 24 May 2009, Kunsthalle Erfurt.