In 1971, Josef Albers established
a not-for-profit organization to further “the revelation and
evocation of vision through art.” Today, this organization—The
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation—is devoted to preserving
and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers,
and the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived.
It serves as a unique center for the understanding and appreciation
of the arts and of all visual experience—with the combined
legacies of Josef and Anni Albers at its heart.
The Foundation carries out its mission by working
on exhibitions and publications, primarily focused on the art of
Josef and Anni Albers; assisting with research; and supporting education.
It conserves the Alberses’ art and archives, and serves as
an information resource for artists, scholars, students, and the
general public. It helps sponsor other activities inspired by Josef
and Anni Albers’s interests and concerns.
The Albers Foundation is located on beautiful woodland
acreage in Bethany, Connecticut, near New Haven—thanks to
funds acquired by Anni Albers for the restitution of family property
in the former East Berlin. The Bethany campus includes a central
research and archival storage center to accommodate the Foundation’s
art collections, library and archives, and offices, as well as residence
studios for visiting artists. The rural property provides a venue
for educational outreach programs.
The buildings were designed by Tim Prentice and his
partner Lo-Yi Chan. Tim Prentice, who studied with Josef and is
a sculptor as well as an architect, considered the project in part
an expression of thanks to one of his mentors; we consider the tribute
a splendid success.
The Foundation is open by appointment to interested
individuals, scholars, and curators for tours, study, and research.
Board of Directors
Emma K. Lewis
Nicholas Fox Weber