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Anni and Josef Albers. Art and life

90 min visit

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
10 Sep → 9 Jan 2022
From Wed to Fri from 10 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 10 pm. Closed on Mon.

« This original exhibition composed of 350 varied works is the first presentation of the couple's works in France! »

If for some art is purely aesthetic, for the Albers it is functional and practical. Anni Albers, born Annelise Fleischmann (1899-1994) and Josef Albers (1888-1976) are two artists who are different in their practice but complementary and identical in their way of thinking about art. In fact, since their meeting in 1922 at the Bauhaus, Anni and Josef have never left each other. Their intimate relationship allowed them to form their own artistic identity and to support and sustain each other. If their production represents the basis of modernism, it is also a new way of practicing and teaching art that is born. Both were convinced that art was useful and could fundamentally change our world. The educational value of art allowed the formation of a whole generation of artists after them, taking up some of the principles of the Bauhaus - notably the fact of learning by doing. The function of art is therefore at the heart of their thinking: the Albers value craftsmanship and put forward the observation of the sensitive world. According to them, art improves the formation of the self and the relationship with others. The emblematic works of the two artists open the exhibition, plunging the visitor directly into the heart of the theoretical and practical values that unite the couple. After this prologue, the exhibition unfolds in chronological order, allowing visitors to travel through the stylistic and technical evolution of the Albers. The first part of the exhibition brings together their production between 1920 and 1933, when the couple left for the United States. Their career took another turn there, notably with their works at Black Mountain College and the beginning of a transmission of their artistic thought. This is followed by Anni's famous Pictorial Weavings and Josef's colorful Homages to the Square. The exhibition closes with a selection of Anni's graphic works initiated with her husband by her side until the end of her life.


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