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Josef Albers
visual artist, designer, graphic designer
19.03.1888 Bottrop
25.03.1976 New Haven, Conneticut, USA

1905 apprenticeship as elementary school teacher, pursuit of this occupation from 1908 to 1913. 1919-1920 pupil in the painting class of Franz von Stuck at the Königlich-Bayerischen Akademie der Bildenden Künste in München. 1920-1923 continuation of study at Bauhaus in Weimar: attendance of the preliminary course with Johannes Itten and the stained glass workshop. 1923 appointment to the council of the Bauhauses in Weimar by Walter Gropius: lectureship for the preliminary course, graduation as foreman in the stained glass workshop.

1925 appointment as young master by Walter Gropius. From 1925 to 1927/1928 course lecturer at the Bauhaus in Dessau together with László Moholy-Nagy, from 1928 sole lecturer of the preliminary course and until 1929 head of the carpentry workshop. In 1929 due to an invitation from Arnold Bode participation with three works at the exhibition „Vierte große Kunstausstellung Kassel 1929 – Neue Kunst in der Orangerie“. 1932-1933 course lecturer and teacher for drawing and typeface at the Bauhaus in Berlin.


In 1933 emigration to the United States and appointment to the Black Mountain College in Ashville, North Carolina, on the recommendation of the Museum of Modern Art, there lectureship for the subject art until 1949. Since 1936 numerous guest professorships worldwide: among others at the Graduate School of Design at the Harvard University, at the Cincinnati Art Academy in Ohio, at the Yale University in New Haven, at the school of architecture of the Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm (HfG).

1958 Konrad-von-Soest-Preis des Landschaftsverbandes Westfalen-Lippe, 1964 medal of the year of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York, 1968 Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. 1973 fellow of the American Academy of Art and Sciences, Boston. Award of 14 honorary doctorates in the United States, Canada and Europe.


Participation at the first documenta, and documenta 4.