Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Bauhaus weaving workshop
Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States
Black Mountain College
Josef and Anni Albers
88 Beacon Road Bethany, Connecticut 06524, United States
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
During the period from 1916 to 1919, Anni studied art under the tutelage of Martin Brandenburg, who was a German Impressionist painter, draftsman and graphic artist. Later, in 1922, Albers enrolled at Bauhaus in Weimar, where she remained until 1929. At Bauhaus, Georg Muche and Johannes Itten were among her mentors.
Also, Anni received several honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from different educational institutions, including Maryland Institute College of Art (1972), Philadelphia College of Art (present-day University of the Arts) (1976), Rhode Island School of Design (1990) and others.
In the mid-1920's, Anni served as a teacher at Bauhaus in Dessau. In 1931, she was appointed a head of Bauhaus weaving workshop, a post Anni held till 1932. In 1933, Albers was invited to teach at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, a position she held till 1949. During these years, her design works, including weavings, were shown throughout the United States.
In 1949, Anni became the first designer to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition was a highlight of Anni's distinguished and celebrated career. During that time, she also made many trips to Mexico and the North and South America, and became an avid collector of pre-Columbian artwork.
During the 1950's, Anni worked on mass-producible fabric patterns, creating the majority of her "pictorial" weavings. She also published articles and a collection of her writings, entitled "On Designing" (1959). In the mid-1960's, Anni experimented with print media. In 1965, she published her second book "On Weaving".
In 1971, Anni and her husband Josef established "Josef and Anni Albers Foundation". The organization supports exhibitions and publications, focused on Albers works.
During her lifetime, Anni held many exhibitions, including two major exhibitions in Germany in 1976. She continued to design, make prints and lecture at different educational institutions till the end of her life.
"Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials."
"A longing for excitement can be satisfied without external means within oneself: for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know."
Anni married Josef Albers, an artist and educator, in 1925.