Heard Museum Presents ‘Joseph Albers in Mexico’ Starting Feb. 1

Posted By on January 10, 2019
Josef Albers, Mitla, 1935-39
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, Connecticut, 1976

The Heard Museum will present Josef Albers in Mexico, opening Feb. 1.

The exhibition demonstrates the influence and connectivity between the work of Josef Albers (German, 1888-1976) and the abstracted geometric vocabulary of pre-Columbian art, architecture and material culture.

The Heard Museum is the third and final stop of the exhibition, which opened in New York in 2017 then traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 2018.

Drawing from the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Josef Albers in Mexico presents an opportunity to learn about a little-known aspect of the artist’s practice and the influences he absorbed in his travels.

“Through his close attention to ancient architecture, Josef Albers developed new modes of seeing the modern world,” said Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator of Collections at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. “This exhibition of his celebrated paintings, along with lesser-known photographs and collages, reveals the complex and often surprising roles of place, time, and spirituality in Albers’s body of work.”

Included in the exhibition are rarely seen early paintings by Albers, including Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobe series, works on paper, and a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never before been on view.

Josef Albers in Mexico opens to the public Feb. 1 and runs through May 27 at the Heard Museum.


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