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MAY 11 Bët-bi: a new museum and center for culture and community

MARCH 10 New book "You can go anywhere. Josef & Anni Albers Foundation at 50"

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Rendering of the proposed Bët-bi museum and community centre in Senegal. Image: atelier masõmī

Bët-bi: a new museum and center for culture and community

The Albers Foundation with Le Korsa is pleased to announce Bët-bi, a new museum and center for culture and community in rural Senegal.

Due to open in early 2025, the museum will be a living and breathing institution with art as its focal point and offer a dedicated education program with a variety of initiatives aimed at engaging local and national communities, as well as performances, film screenings, and other events, all free and open to the public.

Bët-bi—which means "the eye" in Wolof—will be constructed on a site in the vicinity of Kaolack situated in the Senegambia region of West Africa which is renowned for the remarkable ancient stone megaliths that proliferate across this area and includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Mariam Issoufou Kamara, an architect from Niger and founder of the award-winning practice atelier masōmī, has been selected by a jury to lead the design of Bët-bi. The practice, based in Niamey, is guided by the principle that "architecture is an important tool for social change," with the possibility, through intentional design, to "give dignity and better people's quality of life."

Designboom has published a beautiful overview, mentioning how the "new cultural complex also aims to help revitalize the local economy. " You can also read more in Wallpaper and Dezeen.

For more information and to donate, please visit Bët-bi.

You can go anywhere. Josef & Anni Albers Foundation at 50 (2021)

New book "You can go anywhere. Josef & Anni Albers Foundation at 50"

On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation publishes You can go anywhere. Edited by Édouard Detaille and Willem van Roij, this collection of essays by Foundation staff and collaborators reveals the broad scope of how the nonprofit has carried on the legacy of the Alberses over the years.

After an introduction exploring the Foundation's history, You can go anywhere features a wide range of essays by people from around the world who have contributed to the Foundation's work, such as architects Manuel Herz and Toshiko Mori; designers Paul Smith and Christopher Farr; and curators, museum directors, and staff members. The book is richly illustrated with photos by Iwan Baan, Giovanni Hänninen, and Sofia Verzbolovskis, as well as archival material and art by the Alberses. The heart of the book is devoted to the Foundation's many donations to international museums, including rarely shown works of art.

In 2005, the Foundation supported the creation of the humanitarian organization Le Korsa, which helps local communities in Senegal, through health services, education, agriculture, and culture programs. Essays about Le Korsa are sure to inspire the art world, public institutions, and philanthropists.

For more information and to purchase, please visit our online bookstore at albersbydesign.com.