born in Bottrop
Studies fine arts at the Royal Art School in Berlin in order to become a teacher
Successfully finishes the examination to become a certified art teacher
Besides teaching, he studies part-time at the Folkwangschule in Essen
Studies at the Royal Academy of Arts in Munich where he was a pupil of Franz von Stuck and Max Doerner First encouter with Bauhaus
Joins Bauhaus in Weimar, visits basic courses by Johannes Itten
Assistant director of Bauhaus
Beginns his first series, the so calles "Violinschlüssel" (treble clefs)
Moves with Bauhaus to Berlin after the school had been deprived of their budget
Nazis close the Bauhaus on behalf of an invitation by the Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, he moves to the US
1933 – 1949
Professorship at Black Mountain College (his students are among others Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage)
Anni and Jofes Albers become American citizens
Albers starts his series "Variant/Adobe"
Albers produces the first black and white studies of his famous "Homage to the Square"
1950 – 1958
Albers acts as "Visiting Critic" at the Department of Design at Yale University while simultaneously being a guest professor at Harvard; afterwards he becomes head of the Department of Design, where Eva Hesse and Richard Serra rank among his students
1954 - 1955
Two guest professorships at Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm
Albers becomes honorary doctor at Yale university
Albers received numerous awards, including the Große Preis für Malerie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia) and the order of merit "Pour le Mérite"
Honorary citizenship of the city of Bottrop
Josef Albers dies on the 25th of March in New Haven, Conneticut