The exhibition dedicated to textile artist Anni Albers at the Tate Modern in London celebrates her as a forerunner and the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus

The retrospective dedicated to the work of textile artist Anni Albers running from today, 11 October , to 27 January 2019 at the Tate Modern in London is the recognition of the artist’s contribution to contemporary design, in view also of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, in 2019.

Anni Albers in her textile atelier at the Black Mountain College, USA, 1937

Over 350 items are on display, including large tapestries, jewelry made from everyday objects and fabrics designed for mass production. In addition to her works, the exhibition includes fabrics from all over the world that influenced her way of thinking and working.

Necklace, Anni Albers, 1940 [© 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation]

Anni Albers managed to combine art and crafts, hand-weaving and machine-based production, ancient and modern traditions, exploring the relationship between textile and architecture and promoting, as she wrote, “a new understanding between the architect and the inventive weaver.”

'Intersecting', Anni Albers, 1962 [© 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation]

Born in Berlin in 1899, Annelise Fleischmann became a student at the Bauhaus in 1922, where she met her future husband Joseph Albers and other key figures of modernism, such as Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Although the Bauhaus strove for gender equality, women were discouraged from taking up certain classes. This is why Albers started weaving in the lively workshop of the Bauhaus, where traditional hand-weaving was reinvented as a modern art.

'Eclat' fabric for Knoll by Anni Albers, 1974 [© 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Knoll Textiles]

With the coming of Nazism and the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, Anni Albers left Germany to reach the United States, and from there she went on several trips to Mexico, Chile and Peru, collecting artifacts and getting in touch with the ancient cultures that strongly influenced her work. [Text Laura Galimberti]