Exhibition Josef Albers in Fundación Juan March Madrid

The first retrospective dedicated to Josef Albers (1888-1976) in Spain it is here thanks to Juan March Foundation. However, it does not pretend to be a common retrospective, with a chronological ordered exhibition of the artist´s works, no, this exhibition has the vocation to let the pieces speak themselves, to make transcend the intrinsic coherence of an irrefutable artistic trajectory, whose main pillars are simplicity, minimalism and, up to a certain point, the craftsmanship in the execution. 

Albers is known as an abstract painter. His inclination for this tendency was shown in his academic beginnings and it can be recognized the influence of artists as Matisse or Mondrian. Nevertheless, in its work's abstraction we can appreciate a clear sense of search the equilibrium, the compositive correction and precision in the facture. It seems that, as Juan Ramón Jiménez did,  who searched for pure poetry into the own potentiality of each absolute word, Albers explores the total capability of colors, the bare form, but expressive, the flat geometry that creates volumes, the unreal deepness projected by the cleanliness of lines and the superposition of structures.

It is advisable to underline the teaching trajectory of Albers. He started its academic career in Germany, in Bauhaus design school, and then he went to Dessau as professor. With the nazi uprising in 1933, he continued this labour in EE.UU., where he joined the Black Mountain College (North Carolina) till 1949, moment when he started to manage the Design Department of Yale University till 1958. These trips left a mark into his work, a clear example of transition art between artistic European tradition and the North-American one, and he had a great influence over North-American artists of 50's decade, as Richard Serra or Eva Hesse, through "Hard Edge" movement, expression coined by the curator and art critical Jules Langsner in 1959 to identify the painting movement followed by Californian artists whose main characteristic is the abstraction based on geometric outlines and defined color areas.

We recommend you to visit this exhibition that shows a hundred works never seen before in our country, and knowing Josef Albers, who was, in addition, a writer and art critical of recognized prestige.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
From 28th March to 6th July, 2014.
Fundación Juan March (Castelló, 77. Madrid)
Opening times: M-S from 11 to 20 h. | Sunday and fair days: from 11 to 14 h.

 

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