Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

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Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: Lone Light, 1962

Anni Albers
Wallhanging, 1925

Anni Albers
Red Meander I, 1969

Josef Albers
Structural Constellation F-32 Pericles, 1954

The Alberses

Anni and Josef Albers were pioneering 20th-century artists whose work, writing, and teaching demonstrably transformed the way that people see color and the process of art-making.

Anni Albers

Anni Albers is widely considered to be the foremost textile designer of the 20th century. She made major innovations in the field of functional materials and at the same time she expanded the possibilities of single weavings and individual artworks. She was also an adventurous graphic artist who took printmaking technique into previously uncharted territory.

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Josef Albers

Josef Albers, initially a teacher of elementary school, was one of the foremost art teachers of the 20th century. His approach to color and drawing now informs art education universally. He made groundbreaking art and designs in glass, woodworking, painting, and printmaking. The Homage to the Square paintings and prints that he began in 1950 and continued until his death in 1976 are among the masterworks of modern art.

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Exhibitions

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Josef Albers: Homage to the Square

Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop
19 October 2022–26 February 2023

This major exhibition is dedicated to the cycle of Homage to the Square paintings that Josef Albers created from 1950 until his death in 1976. Early works from the 1940s provide a context for Albers’s first Homage, painted in 1950, while the Homages of the 1950s and 1960s show Albers’s evolving understanding of color.
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Anni and Josef Albers Donation

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris
15 September–25 June 2023

Following the dual retrospective “Anni and Josef Albers: Art and Life,” organized by the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris in 2021, the Albers Foundation is pleased to announce a gift of fifty-seven works to the museum. The gift comprises twenty-two works by Josef Albers, including three Homage to the Square paintings, and thirty-five works by Anni Albers, featuring both textiles and prints, as well as a selection of archival and educational materials.
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Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
2 August 2022–fall 2023

“Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection” unites almost a century of work by 49 women and nonbinary artists in a range of media drawn exclusively from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection.
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Who we are

From our main campus in Bethany, Connecticut to the sites where we operate in Senegal, we serve as an inspiration and resource for people from every domain of human existence.

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Our main headquarters is on a wooded site in rural Connecticut where we house art, archives, and a library and have two residential artist studios.

Learning

We adhere to the Alberses’ belief that artistic creation should be a matter of search rather than research, and we encourage experimentation at the same time that we advocate for an understanding of artistic technique and materials.

Workshops

Short educational videos based on teaching exercises by Josef and Anni Albers in color, weaving, and design.

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Our Mission

We preserve the philosophical and aesthetic principles of Anni and Josef Albers and do our best to assure their perpetuity.

Authentication

As we create catalogues raisonnés of work by both artists, we assure that only authentic artworks are included and that the surprisingly large number of forgeries are effectively weeded out.

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Archives

We maintain extensive archives concerning the art and lives of both the Alberses. In addition to numerous letters, exhibition reviews, and manuscripts, we have a growing collection of documents concerning their teaching and work.

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Bookstore

There are numerous books by and about both of the Alberses that are available through the Foundation.

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