The 1927 exhibition „Europäisches Kunstgewerbe 1927″ was important for the Leipzig Grassi Museum in two respects.
It helped establish the institutions reputation throughout Europe.
Josef Albers won the competition to design the window of the main staircase in the Johannisplatz museum complex.
Although a talented and successful artist in his own right Josef Albers is probably best remembered as being one of the most influential and important Bauhaus professors. At Bauhaus Weimar he was responsible for the design ground course before taking over responsibility for the stained glass workshop at Bauhaus Dessau.
A responsibility, and passion, he took to new extremes in Leipzig.
For at seven metres high and comprising some 18 individual window units the Josef Albers Window is of the largest examples of Bauhaus stained glass work.
Or rather was – the original was badly damaged by an allied bomb in 1943 before finally succumbing in 1945.
However, thanks to the financial support from the Ostdeutschen Sparkassenstiftung and the Sparkasse Leipzig the Grassi museum is now in a position to recreate one of its great lost works.
Using original documents, sketches and plans the Paderborn based stained glass producer Peters will recreate the window true to Albers’ original.
A particular challenge is the mouth-blown double flashed-glass elements composed of a carrier glass piece overlaid with an opaque white layer and a yellow-green glass layer. Viewed from inside these elements appear dark – from outside light. And are a wonderful testament not only to Josef Albers’ artistic talent but also his wonderful understanding of glass as a material
The new Josef Albers Window will be unveiled in December.