The Boghossian Foundation is proud to host the first exhibition in Belgium of the work of Josef and Anni Albers, two pioneers of modernism who produced pivotal artworks that marked the history of 20th century art. Featuring some 100 artworks (paintings, assemblages, photographs, graphic works, textiles, films, and furniture) the exhibition retraces the Alberses’ respective artistic careers and sheds light on their close and intimate relationship that allowed them to mutually enrich and empower one another throughout their lives.

The exhibition unfolds in the Villa Empain. Initially designed for a couple, the pure lines of this masterpiece of Art Deco architecture heralded the arrival of Modernism. The Villa Empain provides the perfect setting to showcase the Alberses thoroughly modern, international vision, and, more specifically, the aesthetic and pedagogical values they still embody to this day.

The show also endeavours to examine the legacy of Josef and Anni Albers and the influence of their work and teachings on such artists as Olivier Gourvil, Linda Karshan, Mehdi Moutashar, Vico Persson, Leïla Pile, Charlotte von Poehl, Damien Poulain, Chloé Vanderstraeten and Bernard Villers.

Artists

Anni Albers and Josef Albers as well as Olivier Gourvil, Linda Karshan, Mehdi Moutashar, Vico Persson, Leïla Pile, Charlotte von Poehl, Damien Poulain, Chloé Vanderstraeten and Bernard Villers.

With the support of

Albers Foundation

Many of the artworks featured in the exhibition were donated by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation to the Musées d’Art moderne de Paris in 2022. The Boghossian Foundation extends its gratitude to the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, and the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop (Germany) for their kind collaboration.

Curators Edouard Detaille and Julia Garimorth

Images : Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Lone Light, 1974 (detail) | Anni Albers, W/Co, 1962 (detail)

 

 

Artists

Anni Albers and Josef Albers as well as Olivier Gourvil, Linda Karshan, Mehdi Moutashar, Vico Persson, Leïla Pile, Charlotte von Poehl, Damien Poulain, Chloé Vanderstraeten and Bernard Villers.

With the support of

Albers Foundation

Many of the artworks featured in the exhibition were donated by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation to the Musées d’Art moderne de Paris in 2022. The Boghossian Foundation extends its gratitude to the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, and the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop (Germany) for their kind collaboration.

Curators Edouard Detaille and Julia Garimorth

Images : Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Lone Light, 1974 (detail) | Anni Albers, W/Co, 1962 (detail)

 

 

Josef and Anni Albers. The mythical couple that changed art history.

De Standaard, 9 April 2024