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Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration

February 13, 2010 – April 11, 2010

Museum: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Location: 2nd Level

This exhibition presents more than 60 of Albers' works from the museum's collection, along with key objects on loan from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation on view for the first time. The exhibition encompasses the artist's distinguished career from his years teaching at Germany's famed Bauhaus through his influential role at Black Mountain College in North Carolina after he moved to the United States in 1933. He was best known for the standardized format that he called Homage to the Square, in which images created optical illusions and challenged viewers' visual acuity. Also on view are documentary photographs, a video, and examples of his teaching aids, and conclude with several galleries representing a range of works by artists who knew, studied under, worked with, or were influenced by Albers.