Design Anthology - Asia Pacific Edition
You can go anywhere: Josef & Anni Albers Foundation at 50
The legacy of Josef and Anni Albers endures. Bauhaus pioneers of modern and abstract art, the couple created their foundation in 1971 to preserve their achievements and to promote the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived. Josef is known for revolutionising colour theory and was the first artist to exhibit solo at the MoMA and The Met, while Anni’s textile and printmaking work raised the craft to the level of art.
The book has been published in celebration of the foundation’s 50th anniversary. An overview of the foundation’s history gives way to around 100 short essays by people from around the world who have contributed to the foundation’s work in some way, from architects to fashion designers, curators and staff members. While the duo’s work of course features, the focus is on these personal reflections on their lives and the impact they had on the people around them, often through donations to museums. Images by Iwan Baan and other prominent photographers feature, as does archival material. The foundation’s work in Senegal with humanitarian organisation Le Korza provides an equally warm counterpoint.