Anni Albers

Anni Albers, Europe, 1930–33, photograph by Josef Albers, © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Josef Albers. Interaction

After more than 30 years the retrospective Josef Albers. Interaction (16 June – 7 October, 2018) presents approximately 130 works by the German artist at the Villa Hügel, the former residence of the industrialist family Krupp in Essen.


Hotel Packages for Exhibitions in Düsseldorf and Essen

For the first time two exhibitions of the important artists Anni Albers and Josef Albers can be seen simultaneously and close to the location. Individual hotel packages are on sale.



Anni Albers

9 June – 9 September 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) was a multifaceted artist who established weaving as an art form and united this ancient cultural technology with modern artistic practices. This retrospective exhibition offers deep insight into the achievement of the artist, craftswoman, designer, author, and teacher Anni Albers, from her beginnings at the innovative Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, to her time at the legendary Black Mountain College, and up until the 1980s.

While her woven images – characterized by textile structures, subtle coloration, and an abstract formal language – are intended for visual contemplation, her room dividers, carpets, and curtain material are meant to be used. Along with her numerous textile patterns and designs, they illustrate Albers’ intensive preoccupation with intricate woven structures and innovative fibers. A selection of works commissioned by architects testifies to her sustained interest in a dialogue between architecture and textile art. In addition, diverse materials, along with texts by Albers the author, illustrate the history and the possibilities of weaving while visualizing – with reference to pre-Columbian textiles from the collection of Josef and Anni Albers – her idea of woven thread as constituting a kind of universal language.

This encounter with the remarkable diversity of her achievement will inspire a renewed appreciation for Anni Albers’ singular contribution to modernism and her sustained influence on both art and design.

The exhibition is being organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London.


Anni Albers

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive and richly illustrated catalog with contributions by the editors and curators Ann Coxon, Briony Fer and Maria Müller-Schareck as well as texts of Brenda Danilowitz, Magdalena Droste, Nicholas Fox Weber, Maria Minera, Priyesh Mistry, Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye and T'ai Smith.

Tate Publishing / Hirmer publishing company of Munich, 192 pages, 36,00 Euro


Course of Lectures

The exhibitions of Anni Albers at the K20, Düsseldorf and Josef Albers. Interaction at the Villa Hügel, Essen are accompanied by a common organised series of lectures. All together it concerns eight talks of the different experts which take place in the K20 or in the Villa Hügel, Essen. Except for the closing event for Anni Albers (Sunday, 09. 09.), on selected Wednesday evenings.