One of the greatest Hungarian innovation and one of the earliest electrically powered kinetic sculptures, Light Prop for an Electric Stage holds a central place in the history of modern sculpture.
Representing the culmination of Moholy-Nagy’s experimentation at the Bauhaus, it incorporates his interest in technology, new materials, and, above all, light. Moholy sought to revolutionize human perception and thereby enable society to better apprehend the modern technological world.
Light Prop for an Electric Stage, as the artist referred to it, not only pushes the temporal dimension of art but expands its spatial dimensions into the entire environment, including the viewer, who becomes a surface onto which light is reflected.
It embodies Moholy-Nagy’s goal of pushing art beyond static forms and introducing kinetic elements, in which the volume relationships are virtual ones, i.e., resulting main from the actual movement of the contours, rings, rods, and other objects.
To the three dimensions of volume, a fourth: movement – in other words, time – is added.
Moholy’s masterpiece is not just a piece of art, it is the perfect combination of science, art, and innovation.