North Rhine-Westphalia: Josef Albers Museum: extension with special exhibition

Bottrop (dpa / lnw) - The Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop will open its new extension in mid-October with a special exhibition and numerous loans from international museums - including New York.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Josef Albers Museum: extension with special exhibition

Bottrop (dpa / lnw) - The Josef Albers Museum in Bottrop will open its new extension in mid-October with a special exhibition and numerous loans from international museums - including New York. Under the motto "Josef Albers. Homage to the square", around 100 works by the Bottrop-born artist (1888-1976) would be shown, said museum director Heinz Liesbrock on Wednesday at the presentation of the new museum building.

Albers, who fled Nazi Germany to the United States in 1933, is considered one of the great modernist painters and art theorists. The two-storey extension for around 13 million euros includes eight new exhibition rooms with 1400 square meters of exhibition space.

The museum was founded in 1976 as an extension of the previous Bottrop local history museum, after Albers had given his home town some pictures and graphics. A second extension came in 1983, offering space for over 300 works from the artist's estate. Another expansion follows. According to the museum, this will in future provide enough space to show special exhibitions parallel to the existing collection.

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