From the Radio Tower, Berlin

Accession Number

From the Radio Tower, Berlin

László Moholy-Nagy

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1928, printed circa 1941 - 1946

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

9 15/16 in x 7 ½ in (25.24 cm x 19.05 cm);18 in x 14 in (45.72 cm x 35.56 cm);9 15/16 in x 7 ½ in (25.24 cm x 19.05 cm)

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions: Curators Choice Part I, November 12, 2011-March 18, 2012
László Moholy-Nagy
United States, born Hungary, 1895–1946
Radio Tower, Berlin
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara Adelson, 2007/2.59

Subject matter
One of Moholy-Nagy's most iconic photographs, this image depicts the view seen straight down from the vertiginous, needle-shaped radio tower in Berlin—then the tallest structure in Germany. Moholy-Nagy's plunging view flattens the forms of the rectangular buildings and landscaped garden directly beneath the structure, which are covered in a light snowfall. The partial clearing of a path creates a fascinatingly ambiguous dark line that snakes across the lower left corner of the image to meet the diagonal strip of building that cuts across the upper margin of the image.

Physical Description
Photograph looking straight down onto a built landscape.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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aerial views
bird's-eye views
modern and contemporary art
perspective (technique)
radio (telecommunication system)
snow (precipitation)
towers (single built works)

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