Josef Albers in Mexico

Mexico is truly the promised land of abstract art
Josef Albers

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Venice, Italy
19 May  –  3 September 2018

Curated by Lauren Hinkson

From May 19 through September 3, 2018, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Josef Albers in Mexico, an exhibition illuminating the relationship between the forms and design of pre-Columbian monuments and the art of Josef Albers (1888 – 1976). The presentation features a selection of rarely shown early paintings, iconic canvases from Albers’s Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobe series, and works on paper. The exhibition also includes a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never before been on view and were created by Albers in response to frequent visits to Mexican archaeological sites beginning in the 1930s. With letters, studies, and unseen personal photographs alongside works drawn from the collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Josef and Anni Albers FoundationJosef Albers in Mexico presents an opportunity to learn about the least known aspect of his practice, photography, offering new perspective on his most celebrated abstract works. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection will be the second venue of the exhibition, after the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (November 3, 2017–April 4, 2018).

Josef Albers in Mexico is organized by Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator, Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.