1888, Bottrop1976, New Haven/USA

Biography

1888

born in Bottrop

1913

Studies fine arts at the Royal Art School in Berlin in order to become a teacher

1915

Successfully finishes the examination to become a certified art teacher

1916

Besides teaching, he studies part-time at the Folkwangschule in Essen

1918

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

1920

Joins Bauhaus in Weimar, visits basic courses by Johannes Itten

1925

Becomes Bauhausmeister

1930

Assistant director of Bauhaus

1931

Beginns his first series, the so calles "Violinschlüssel" (treble clefs)

1932

Moves with Bauhaus to Berlin after the school had been deprived of their budget

1933

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)

1939

Anni and Jofes Albers become American citizens

1947

Albers starts his series "Variant/Adobe"

1949

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

1962

Albers becomes honorary doctor at Yale university

1968

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"

1970

Honorary citizenship of the city of Bottrop

1976

Josef Albers dies on the 25th of March in New Haven, Conneticut