“My brother Jeno as Ikarus,” Dunaharaszti, Hungary, June 1919. (André Kertész/Private collection, Courtesy Alma)

Two exhibitions — one that wrapped up recently and the other ongoing — have spotlighted influential Hungarian photographer Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as part of “Modernity X Hungary — A Festival of Hungarian Modernism in New York,” a series of exhibitions, concerts and performances taking place through Aug. 14.

Moholy-Nagy’s fascination with geometry and perspective established a “new vision” of the modern world. Hungarian photographers of past and present, of fine art and photojournalism, have been influenced by this vision.

The curator of both exhibits, Gary Van Wyk, told In Sight that Maholy-Nagy’s presence in both shows demonstrated the “index of how extraordinarily diverse his practice was,” by fitting into the separate themes of abstractionism and social environment. The second theme is visible through the 1970s and 1980s, when neo-avant-garde and new-wave artists in Soviet-era Hungary used their artistic medium to express frustration against the repressive government.


“Reflection,” Dunaharaszti, Hungary, Sept. 14, 1919. (André Kertész/Private collection, Courtesy Alma )

Alinos, Athens, 2001. (Szilva Mucsy/Courtesy Alma and the artist)

New York series 31, 2002-2016. (Magdolna Vékás/ Körmendi Gallery)

“Untitled (Self and Lucia),” 1926. (László Moholy-Nagy/From the portfolio László Moholy-Nagy (Munich and Milan, Heiner Friedrich and Editioni O), 1973)

“Torturing the Surface III,” 1978. (Tibor Hajas and Janos Veto/Courtesy Alma and János Vető)

“Twilight, Moscow,” 1990. (András Bánkuti/Hungarian Museum of Photography)

Over Roswell I, 2, 2002. (Gábor Kerekes/Nessim Galéria)

“Window,” 2008. (Gábor Kerekes/Nessim Galéria)

Idle Times #4, 1985. (Mari Mahr/Courtesy Alma and the artist)

The first exhibit, “Impact: Abstraction & Experiment in Hungarian Photography,” ended June 18. The second one, “Echoes: City, Society, Conflict & Self in Hungarian Photography,” is on display at Alma Gallery in New York until July 30.