11 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
Discover one of the most important textile artists of the 20th century in this major retrospective of her work.
As a woman, Albers was discouraged from attending certain classes at the Bauhaus art school which she joined as a student in 1922. Taking a weaving workshop instead, she began a career in textiles that would see her become a highly influential artist and innovator.
She combined the ancient craft of hand-weaving with the language of modern art, finding within the medium many possibilities for the expression of modern life. Featuring over 350 objects, including beautiful small-scale studies, large wall-hangings, jewellery made from everyday items, and textiles designed for mass production, this exhibition explores the many aspects of Albers' practice – such as the intersection between art and craft, hand-weaving and machine production, ancient and modern.
Albers held a long-standing interest in the relationship between textiles and architecture and the show highlights her lesser-known commissioned works in this area. The exhibition design takes inspiration from the artist's own writings, such as her seminal essay 'The Pliable Plane: Textiles in Architecture' (1957), in which Albers advocates 'a new understanding between the architect and the inventive weaver'.