Basel, 29 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Kunstmuseum Basel will soon propose an exhibition entitled “Peintures sur papiers – Joseph Albers en Amérique” from 5 November to 29 January 2012. The exhibition will gather around 70 of Albers’ coloured works on paper, issued from the collection of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut.
The event, in which the works are displayed through themes such as rationalism and equilibrium, has been organised by the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, and curated by Christian Müller.
Josef Albers (1888 – 1976) was born in Germany and was considered one of the pioneers of Op Art. Albers was a teacher at Bauhaus for 10 years (1923 – 1933) and was promoted to Professor for some time. After Bauhaus, he emigrated to the United States after leaving Germany, where he taught at the Black Mountain College, and soon after at Yale University. It was at that time, around 1940, that his paintings focused immensely on colour and optic effects. Albers’ artworks – often regarded as avant-garde – were displayed at many exhibitions such as at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1988.