Introduction in Norwegian by HOK Director Tone Hansen to the Josef Albers exhibition "Minimal Means, Maximum Effect" at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter September-December 2014. The exhibition is curated by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter and Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT, and Fundación Juan March, Madrid. A catalog to the exhibition is published by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter by Walter Koenig Verlag.
Josef Albers is one of the artists represented in the collection of the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, and we are one of few institutions in Norway that actually has Josef Albers in our collection.
In addition, we manage the collection of Erling Neby with its works by Albers. This taken into consideration, it is natural for Henie Onstad Kunstsenter to present an exhibition focusing on the many different aspects of the oeuvre. Not only because we have works by him, but because he belongs to the period coinciding with the art center’s early years, from the opening in 1968.
With the great influence Josef Albers has had on artists and theoreticians throughout the years, not to mention his influence as an author, it was important for us to have this focus in the exhibition.
It is Henie Onstad Kunstsenter’s tradition to work with the avant-garde and modernism. The exhibition coincides with a series of exhibitions on the relationship between education, art and politics, such as our exhibitions on the Bauhaus preceding this exhibition.
It is a great opportunity for us to create a series of exhibitions with a common theme, giving our audience in-depth knowledge of individual artists, as well as movement in art history.