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Josef Albers
Variant VI, 1966
from the portfolio Ten Variants
screenprint
sheet: 17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art
Josef Albers
Homage to the Square I, 1967
from the portfolio Homage to the Square
screenprint
sheet: 24 3/16 × 24 3/16 in. (61.4 × 61.4 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art

2018 New York

Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 establishes connections between works of art based on instructions, spanning over fifty years of conceptual, video, and computational art. The pieces in the exhibition are all "programmed" using instructions, sets of rules, and code, but they also address the use of programming in their creation. The exhibition links two strands of artistic exploration: the first examines the program as instructions, rules, and algorithms with a focus on conceptual art practices and their emphasis on ideas as the driving force behind the art; the second strand engages with the use of instructions and algorithms to manipulate the TV program, its apparatus, and signals or image sequences. Featuring works drawn from the Whitney's collection, Programmed looks back at predecessors of computational art and shows how the ideas addressed in those earlier works have evolved in contemporary artistic practices. At a time when our world is increasingly driven by automated systems, Programmed traces how rules and instructions in art have both responded to and been shaped by technologies, resulting in profound changes to our image culture.

Josef Albers
Tlaloc, 1944
woodcut in rough pine board
15 x 14 1/2 in. (38.1 x 36.8 cm)
1976.4.118
Josef Albers
Tenayuca, 1942
oil on masonite
8 1/2 x 12 in. (21.6 x 30.5 cm)
1976.1.1099

2018 Sao Paulo + Berlin + Bern

Bauhaus Imaginista is an international project commemorating the centenary of the foundation of the German design school. Bauhaus Imaginista comprises international exhibitions and debates, designed and developed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM) of Germany, Bauhaus Association, and Goethe Institut, in partnership with several institutions. At Sesc Pompeia, the exhibition presents archival documents, publications, objects, and works of art related to Bauhaus teachers, students, and artists. In addition, the exhibition features artists from outside Germany who were directly influenced by the Bauhaus.

Josef Albers
Variant of Related, n.d.
oil on masonite
16 x 13 in. (40.6 x 33 cm)
1976.1.1052
Anni Albers
Study for DO II, 1973
gouache on blueprint paper
18 1/4 × 18 1/2 in. (46.3 × 47 cm)
1994.10.44

2018 Münster

Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Motion is being presented on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. Based on the importance of the Bauhaus—and in particular the Bauhaus stage as an interdisciplinary laboratory for experiments in light and movement—the artistic debates of former Bauhaus members and Americans are examined for the first time with light and movement, including light and kinetic art, experimental film, dance, and performance. The exhibition also features works by European artists from the 1950s to the present day.

2018 Columbia, South Carolina

Anni Albers
C, 1969
screenprint
sheet: 24 x 22 in. (61 x 55.9 cm)

2018 Saint Louis, Missouri

Printing Abstraction considers what it means to create images without direct reference to the natural, visible world, focusing on line, color, and shape alone. Printmaking, which offers an expansive range of outcomes—from the crisp, mechanical contours of screenprint to aquatint's atmospheric shifts of tone—have served these artists' goals with exceptional results. The exhibition presents various strategies, from Op art to hard-edge abstraction and beyond, that have emerged over the past six decades. Featured artists include figures who defined the field, such as Anni Albers, Marcel Duchamp, and Ad Reinhardt. Works by artists from more recent generations, like McArthur Binion and James Turrell, speak to the continuing relevance of abstraction today.

2018 Kansas City, Missouri

Josef Albers
Homage to the Square: Blue and Dark Green Surrounded by Light Green, 1957
oil on canvas
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

2018 Vienna, Austria

Painting with Method: Neoavantgarde Positions from the Mumok Collection explores paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, an era characterized by its radical breaks with tradition and by redefinitions of creative approaches and artistic media. The emergence of media-based art and the link between the theory and practice of art, in turn, led to innovative forms of painting. The general tendency to abandon figurative, or gestural-abstract painting went hand in hand with the emergence of focused, formal and configured work structures referencing the general conditions of image and painting, as well as links to new art forms and media. Featured artists include Josef Albers, Alan Charlton, Helen Frankenthaler, Roland Goeschl, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Kriesche, Morris Louis, Karel Malich, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Hermann Painitz, Larry Poons, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, and Zdeněk Sýkora, among others.

Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square, 1963
oil on masonite
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
1976.1.155
Anni Albers
Textile sample, n.d.
jute, cotton, metallic fiber, and linen
4 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (11.1 x 18.4 cm)
1994.15.87

2018 Siena + Cork + Zagreb

Voyage Inside a Blind Experience (VIBE) is an exhibition that has equal interest for seeing and for visually impaired people, examining the abstract works of Josef and Anni Albers. The project developed from a collaboration between Atlante Servizi Culturali and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, together with the Istituto dei Ciechi di Milano, and with the support of the three European museums presenting the exhibition.

Installation view, Josef Albers: Interaction of Color, Kontemporary 1, Seoul, Korea, 2019. Photo: Yousub Song, courtesy of Kontemporary 1
Installation view, Josef Albers: Interaction of Color, Kontemporary 1, Seoul, Korea, 2019. Photo: Yousub Song, courtesy of courtesy of Kontemporary 1
Installation view, Josef Albers: Interaction of Color, Kontemporary 1, Seoul, Korea, 2019. Photo: Yousub Song, courtesy of Kontemporary 1

2019 Seoul

Josef Albers: Interaction of Color focuses on the artist's seminal book from 1963.

Anni Albers
Wallhanging, 1925
silk, cotton, and acetate
57 x 36 1/8 in. (145 x 92 cm)
Die Neue Sammlung, Munich

2019 Munich

Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects–5 Conversations marks the hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus, featuring important Bauhaus objects in dialog with contemporary art. In 1925, the year Die Neue Sammlung was established, the Bauhaus left Weimar for Dessau. Die Neue Sammlung was one of the first museums to acquire contemporary Bauhaus works that are today considered icons of modern design. Pieces from this period include textiles by Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl, toys by Alma Buscher and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, and works in metal by Otto Rittweger and Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Further acquisitions were made until recently, adding important works to the collection of historical objects, many of which are on view for first time.

Anni Albers
Bedspread for Harvard Graduate Center, 1949
cotton
100 x 55 7/8 in. (254 x 141.8 cm)
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Anni Albers
Anni Albers
Design for a Silk Tapestry, 1926
transparent and opaque watercolor over graphite on paper
sheet: 18 7/8 x 12 1/2 in. (47.8 x 31.7 cm)
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Anni Albers
Anni Albers
Monte Alban, 1936
silk, linen, wool
57 1/2 x 44 1/8 in. (146 x 112 cm)
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Leahy
Josef Albers
Tea Glass Holder, 1926
chrome-plated steel and ebony
5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Walter Gropius

2019 Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Bauhaus and Harvard presented in conjunction with the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, features nearly 200 works by 74 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum's extensive Bauhaus collection. Founded in 1919 and closed just fourteen years later, the Bauhaus was the twentieth century's most influential school of art, architecture, and design. Harvard University played host to the first Bauhaus exhibition in the United States in 1930, and went on to become an unofficial center for the Bauhaus in America when founding director Walter Gropius joined Harvard's department of architecture in 1937. Today the Busch-Reisinger Museum houses the largest Bauhaus collection outside Germany, initiated and assembled through the efforts of Gropius and many former teachers and students who emigrated from Nazi Germany, including Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Lyonel Feininger, and László Moholy-Nagy.

The exhibition features rarely seen student exercises, iconic design objects, photography, textiles, typography, paintings, and archival materials. It explores the school's pioneering approach to art education, the ways its workshops sought to revolutionize the experience of everyday life, the widespread influence of Bauhaus instruction in America, and Harvard's own Graduate Center.

Josef Albers
Fabrik (Factory), 1925
sandblasted flashed glass with black paint
11 x 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
1976.6.4
Josef Albers
Park, ca. 1923
glass, metal, wire, and paint
19 1/2 × 15 in. (49.5 × 38.1 cm)
1992.6.28
Josef Albers
Study for Rosa Mystica Ora Pr[o] Nobis, ca. 1917-18
gouache on paper
23 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. (60 x 30 cm)
2011.2.1

2019 Rotterdam

Bauhaus Nederland considers the influence of the Bauhaus in the Netherlands as well as the reciprocal influence of Dutch art and architecture on the development of the Bauhaus. In the interwar years, Rotterdam was the Dutch city in which modernism was most prominently expressed in architecture and design. For this exhibition, the museum's collection is augmented with loans from other collections at home and abroad. The two-way inspiration between the Netherlands and the Bauhaus is illustrated through artworks, furniture, ceramics, textiles, industrial design, photography, typography and architecture. The exhibition begins at the turn of the twentieth century and continues through 1968, featuring 200 works from three main Bauhaus periods. 2019 marks the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the innovative German art and design school which ran from 1919 to 1933.