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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Weaving at Black Mountain College: Anni Albers, Trude Guermonprez, and Their Students

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Asheville, North Carolina
29 September 2023–6 January 2024

Celebrating 90 years since the college’s founding, “Weaving at Black Mountain College” reveals how weaving was a more significant part of Black Mountain’s legendary art and design curriculum than previously assumed.
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Connecticut Modern: Art, Design, and the Avant-Garde, 1930–1960

Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut
23 September–7 January 2023

For three decades, Connecticut was a true international center of innovation in the arts. “Connecticut Modern: Art, Design, and the Avant-Garde, 1930–1960” highlights the artists, curators, and collectors who brought modernism to Connecticut.
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Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
17 September 2023–21 January 2024

“Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction” considers the intertwined histories of abstraction and textiles over the past century. Featuring more than 160 works, the exhibition includes Anni Albers, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, Andrea Zittel, and Rosemarie Trockel, among many others.
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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.


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.


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.


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

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