The exhibition “Anni Albers” showcases a remarkable artist who created her formidable and multifaceted oeuvre mainly at the weaving loom. Anni Albers (1899–1994) studied during the 1920s at the innovative Bauhaus School in Weimar and Dessau, whose teachers included Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, along with her husband Josef Albers. After emigrating to the United States, she taught at Black Mountain College, a unique place of learning where artistic and scientific disciplines reinforced one another. The exhibition is being organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London.
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 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. The exhibition is being organized by the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and the Tate Modern, London. K20 Grabbeplatz.