Anni Albers

Tate Modern

11 October 2018 – 27 January 2019

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Discover one of the most important textile artists of the 20th century in this major retrospective of her work.

Anni Albers, Study for Unexecuted Wallhanging 1926

As a woman, Albers was barred from becoming a painter at the Bauhaus art school when 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 will explore the many aspects of Albers's 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 will highlight her lesser­-known commissioned works in this area. The exhibition design will take 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'.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm, Fri and Sat until 10pm (last admission to special exhibitions 45 mins before closing)

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