Josef and Anni Albers. Photo: The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Inc./Artists' Rights Society, New York
Josef Albers, Grid Mounted, 1921. Bethany, Connecticut, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Josef Albers, tea glass with saucer and spoon, 1925, New York, The Museum of Modern Art
Anni Albers, wool and silk wall hanging, 1925, Munich, Die Neue Sammlung Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst
Josef Albers, desk, ca. 1927, from the collection of Esther M. English, New York, photo: David Heald


Exhibition: Josef and Anni Albers in New York

"Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living" documents the designs of the two artists from the 1920s to the 1950s. The exhibition of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, will be on show until February 27, 2005.


Josef Albers (1888-1976) was one of the most respected artists of his time. He worked as a graphic designer, painter, author and teacher. His wife, Anni (1899-1994), was among the most important textile designers of the 20th century. The couple met as students at the Bauhaus in Dessau. Although they did not cooperate in their art, they shared a vision that contributed to transforming the look of the modern home interior. Both believed that design enriches and beautifies everyday life. The objects in the exhibition follow the traces of the two designers' work, which was created for the (everyday) life at home: Design for Living.

Following the motto "Art is everywhere" Josef and Anni Albers designed a series of innovative furniture, textiles and objects, not only for their own use but also for numerous friends including Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus. The exhibition presents several pieces which the couple designed in Dessau and Berlin and have never been seen in public.


Numerous retrospects shed light on the work of Josef Albers, for example at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Albers had the first one-man show. Josef Albers was a student and teacher at the Bauhaus Dessau until 1933. That same year, Josef and Anni Albers immigrated to North Carolina, USA. In 1950 they moved to Connecticut, where Josef headed the Department of Design at Yale University. In addition, he had numerous guest professorships. In the last 25 years of his life, Josef Albers achieved international fame for his paintings "Homage to the Square" and his lectures about color.


Josef and Anni Albers: Designs for Living

October 1, 2004 until February 27, 2005


Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

2 East 91st Street

New York

NY 10128