An odyssey through the life and legacy of László Moholy-Nagy, the innovative artist and educator whose pioneering approach to integrating technology into design continues to influence and inspire.

In the 1920s, rising artist László Moholy-Nagy taught at the revolutionary Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany, alongside luminaries like Paul Klee, Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Gunta Stolzl, Wassily Kandinsky, and Marcel Breuer. An upstart within this esteemed group, Moholy established himself as a visionary, and the approach he developed while teaching became the ethos of his work: training artists to live “happier lives in modernity.”
Forced into exile by the Nazis, Moholy moved to Chicago with his two daughters and his second wife, Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, where he found himself inspired by the sense of re-invention in the city. Initially at the New Bauhaus and ultimately through the Institute of Design, Moholy challenged students to create systemic, human-centered design. Motivated by the challenge of creating within the limitations of the Great Depression and then World War II, Moholy’s embrace of artistic versatility and technological possibility continues to reverberate in the artworld today.

Category Documentary
Original title The New Bauhaus - The Life & Legacy of Moholy-Nagy
Director Alysa Nahmias
Production Opendox
Country USA
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 52/89 min
Year 2019
Language English
Genre Architecture, Arts & Culture, Biography, Design & Fashion, History & Archive Footage


  • Architecture Design Film Festival New York, USA (2019) - world premiere and opening film
  • Chicago International Film Festival, USA (2019)
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA (2020)
  • Milano Design Week, Italy (2020)
  • FIFA, International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Canada (2020)
  • Salem Film Festival, USA (2020)
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland (2020)
  • The ART Newspaper Russia FF, Russia (2020)
  • Copenhagen Architecture Festival, Denmark (2020)
  • Arquitectura FF Santiago, Chile (2020)
  • DART, Spain (2020)
  • Munich Creative Business Week, Germany (2021)
  • Resene Architecture + Design Film Festival New Zealand (2021)
  • Architecture Film Festival London, UK (2021)
  • Film and Architecture Prague Czech Republic (2021)
  • Urbaneye Film Festival, Romania (2022)

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  • "…an aptly stylish documentary on the life, ideas and impact of Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy…" CHICAGO SUN TIMES
  • "By the end of the movie, you won’t just admire Moholy-Nagy — you’ll want to be just like him." FORBES
  • "It is a good primer, well illustrated." Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
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