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Reconstruction of lost glass paintings of "The Josef Albers’ Windows"
for the Grassimuseum in Leipzig

For some time now the Grassimuseum in Leipzig has been proudly presenting a unique piece of modern art; the stairwell windows designed by Josef Albers, an artist of the Bauhaus style; and it is thanks to many generous donations that it has been possible to reconstruct these exquisite windows.

Now when you enter the spacious foyer of the museum, you will be able to experience a new dimension in space. The strictly geometric and square composition of Josef Albers‘ stairwell windows - designed in 1926 in the "Thermometer Style" - measure up to seven metres in height and appear to create a connecting band between the individual levels of the building. They provide the effect of a large and segmented, yet Interlinked and radiant picture, which is revealed properly only by movement. The windows were first created as a contribution to the significant "European Arts and Crafts 1927 Exhibition" in the Grassi Museum. It had been, however, always proposed to keep them in situ as a permanent feature of the building.

Placing these windows in such a central position - they are in fact the largest piece of glass design from the Dessau Bauhaus Period - was a commitment by the museum to the artistic avant-garde. However, the museum was destroyed by World War II bombing raids and the
"Albers-Windows" were, for a very long time, deemed to be lost. Public charity campaigns made it possible to have some historic pictures digitally developed to precision standard, and using these, Mrs Christine Triebsch, Professor of Glass Painting at Castle Giebichenstein, the Halle/Saale Academy of Art, was appointed to be in charge of the artistic reconstruction of the windows.