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Pont Transbordeur, Marseille

Artist:
László Moholy-Nagy (American (born Hungary), Borsod 1895–1946 Chicago, Illinois)
Date:
1929
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 23.7 x 17.9 cm (9 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.) Mount: 25.3 x 19.2 cm (9 15/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.298
Not on view
In 1929 Moholy-Nagy traveled to Marseilles, where he photographed the Pont Transbordeur, a steel transporter bridge that was celebrated, like the Eiffel Tower, as an icon
of modern construction. Like a number of other avant-garde photographers, including Germaine Krull, Herbert Bayer,
and Florence Henri, Moholy-Nagy was fascinated by the dynamic spatial relations of the bridge's crisscrossing steel girders and open spiral staircase. In this photograph, he used the technique of reverse printing to create a bold graphic composition that simultaneously clarifies and transforms the structure of the bridge.
Inscription: Inscribed on mount verso in black ink, in Sibyl Moholy-Nagy's hand, C: "LASZLO MOHOLY-NAGY // 1895 - 1946 // NEGATIVE PHOTO // FUNKTURM TREPPE // (RADIO TOWER STAIRS) // 1927"; inscribed in pencil, mount verso, TL: "$1000"; TR: " [illegible - cut off] // Exhibit. No. 6"; BL: "28C/204E"; adhesive paper label inscribed in red ink affixed to mount verso, BR: "6."
Hattula M. Hug; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, April 5, 1978

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Times: Photography Between the Two World Wars," June 9, 1998–October 4, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dancing on the Roof: Photography and the Bauhaus, 1923-1929," June 4, 2001–August 26, 2001.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," May 27, 2016–September 7, 2016.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," October 2, 2016–January 3, 2017.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present," February 12, 2017–June 18, 2017.

Witkovsky, Matthew, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P. B. Vail, ed. Moholy–Nagy: Future Present. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 2016. no. 150, p. 121.



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