Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop

Exhibitions & Museums

Josef Albers. Homage to the Square, Oct. 19, 2022 - Feb. 26, 2023

John T. Hill, untitled (Josef Albers), n.d.

With this exhibition, the extension building of the Josef Albers Museum, designed by the Zurich firm Gigon/Guyer, is opened. In particular, the Josef Albers Gallery for temporary exhibitions, located therein, represents a milestone for the further development of the museum.

The exhibition in tribute to the Quadrat brings together about 120 paintings from European and American collections and draws a quintessence of this pioneering series. Albers worked on it from1950 until his death in the spring of 1976, creating more than 2,000 paintings. Modest in size and simple in their formal structure, these images are monumental in their effect and subtle at the same time. A message is shown, which we as viewers can hardly escape.

For the first time, this exhibition traces the inner development of homage to the Quadrat. How did Albers' sense of color develop over the years, how did he deal with the concrete color material? The pre-history of the series in Albers' oeuvre is also presented here for the first time.

Expansion Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop. View from the lake, © Gigon / Guyer Architekten

Photo top right or below: Josef Albers, Homage to the Square,1969, oil on masonite, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop

© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Photo: Werner J.Hannappel; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022