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First Exhibition to Show Paintings on Paper by Joseph Albers at the Pinakothek der Moderne
Study for a Variant / Adobe (I), ca. 1947, Oil on blotting paper with pencil 24,1 × 30,6 cm, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation © 2010 THE JOSEF AND ANNI ALBERS FOUNDATION / VG BILDKUNST, BONN / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY, NEW YORK. AUFNAHME: © 2010 WERNER HANNAPPEL / VG BILD-KUNST, BONN.
MUNCHEN.- The exhibition is the first to show such a concentration of paintings on paper by Josef Albers, some of which will be completely unknown to the general public. Works in oil on paper, painted by the artist since the 1940s in preparation for the »Adobe« and »Variant« series in particular, are presented together with a large group related to his principal work »Homage to the Square« from the artist’s late period, that he focused on from 1950 until his death in 1976.

Josef Albers was only able to fully develop into an important artist and influential teacher after emigrating to the USA. From around 1940 onwards, Albers was inspired by Mexico’s pre-Columbian architecture, scultpure and textile art that boosted his sense for the aesthetic and led to idiosynchratic, radiant colour compositions, the likes of which had never been seen at that time in European modern art. Around 1950, Albers discovered what was for him the ideal formal shape of colour - the square.

The works exhibited surprise the viewer with their spontaneity, their search for immediacy and the extraordinary delicacy of their colours. Albers studied the interaction of colours like virtually no other. Through his works on paper in particular it can be seen in detail how the artist achieved such a thorough osmosis of plane and space through increasing the density of the colours used.

The exhibition will be held at the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Opening: 15.12.2010, 18.30
Exhibition Duration: 16.12.2010-06.03.2011



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