Anni Albers combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art

A long overdue recognition of Albers’s pivotal contribution to modern art and design, this is the first major exhibition of her work in the UK.

As a female student at the radical Bauhaus art school, Albers was discouraged from taking up certain classes. She enrolled in the weaving workshop and made textiles her key form of expression. She inspired and was inspired by her artist contemporaries, among them her teacher, Paul Klee, and her husband, Josef Albers.

This beautiful exhibition illuminates the artist’s creative process and her engagement with art, architecture and design. You can discover why Albers has been a profound influence on artists around the world via more than 350 objects from exquisite small-scale ‘pictorial weavings’ to large wall-hangings and the textiles she designed for mass production, as well as her later prints and drawings.

At the heart of the exhibition is an exploration of Albers’s seminal publication On Weaving 1965 and the wide source material she gathered together to create the book.

 

 

Organised by Tate Modern and Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Exhibition: Anni Albers, 11 October 2018 – 27 January 2019, Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Photo: Anni Albers – Study for an unexecuted wallhanging 1926 Gouache with pencil on photo offset paper © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London. Photograph by Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art

Title photos left to right:

Anni Albers –Camino Real 1969 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Bethany CT © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers – Intersecting 1962 Pictorial weaving, cotton and rayon 400 x 419 mm Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Anni Albers – Epitaph 1968 Pictorial weaving 1498 x 584 mm The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London