October 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

The exhibition is devoted to a previously little explored aspect of Paul Klee’s work, namely abstraction. In the first half of the twentieth century, the move away from figurativeness and the development of abstract art became a key theme for many European artists. The Swiss artist Paul Klee also responded to this challenge: the almost 10,000 works he created in the course of his career include exciting examples of the development of abstract pictorial worlds and of the processes of abstraction in painting. The key aspects of Klee’s abstract works are, moreover, a central strand of his entire oeuvre: nature, architecture, music and written characters.

The retrospective exhibition will present around 100 works from all periods of Klee’s career – starting in 1913 – and will bring together valuable loans from numerous renowned institutions and private collections in Europe and overseas. Alongside major masterpieces, it will feature rarely exhibited works that show Paul Klee in a surprising new light.

With a total of 20 works, Paul Klee is the best represented artist in the Beyeler Collection after Pablo Picasso. Both as a collector and as an art dealer, Ernst Beyeler, the founder of our museum, championed Paul Klee’s art in many different ways. In all, around 500 works by Klee passed through the hands of the Basel collector and gallery owner. As a collector, Ernst Beyeler chiefly concentrated on Klee’s late work, which he particularly esteemed for “the quality of its colors and its expressiveness”. Over the years, he accumulated a remarkable collection that includes masterpieces like Rising Star, 1931, 230 (V 10) and Signs in Yellow, 1937, 210 (U 10).

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AUDIOGUIDE

Adults D, E, F
CHF / € 8.-
Art Club: CHF / € 7.-
Dauer: 45 Min 

Available at the information desk
in the museum.
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Biography

Paul Klee is born in Münchenbuchsee near Bern on December 18, 1879, the second child of Hans Klee (1849–1940) and Ida Klee, née Frick (1855–1921). His sister Mathilde (1876–1953) was born three years earlier. His father is a music teacher at the Staatliches Lehrerseminar, a training college for teachers in Hofwil near Bern; his mother is a trained singer.

Katalog «Paul Klee»

Paul Klee (1879–1940) zählt zu den einflussreichsten Malern der europäischen Moderne. Mit einem Œuvre von annähernd 10 000 Werken wurden nicht allein zu seinen Lebzeiten zahlreiche Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen ausgerichtet. Bis heute ist das Interesse an seinen Arbeiten unverändert hoch. Und doch: Es gab noch keine Ausstellung, die sich umfassend mit Klees Verhältnis zur Abstraktion auseinandergesetzt hat. Diese Lücke schließt die Schau der Fondation Beyeler und mit ihr der begleitende Katalog, der von aufschlussreichen Texten renommierter Autoren »untermalt« wird. Als roter Faden ziehen sich vier Themengruppen – Natur, Architektur, Malerei und Schriftzeichen – durch Klees Werk, deren Formenrepertoire immer wieder zwischen Halbgegenständlichem und absolut Abstraktem oszilliert und die hier in eigenen Kapiteln untersucht werden. So lassen sich nicht nur vertiefte Erkenntnisse über seine Beschäftigung mit der Abstraktion gewinnen, auch offenbaren sich neue Bezüge zu Zeitgenossen sowie zu Künstlern späterer Generationen.

200 Seiten mit 161 Abbildungen
Ausgabe Gebunden
Grösse 24.5 x 30.5 cm

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Nicolas Becker and Djengo Hartlap: The music, that Klee loved and the music that he has influenced

Saturday, November 25, 5pm
Piano concert by Mikhaïl Rudy with electronic modifications and live remix by Nicolas Becker and Django Hartslip. The program includes works by Cage, Pärt and Einaudi.

Price: CHF 40
Young Art Club, Art Club & Friends CHF 20 Age 25 and under CHF 20
Museum admission is included in the price.

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Mikhaïl Rudy: The music that Klee loved and the music that he has influenced

Sunday, November 26, 11am
Piano concert by Mikhaïl Rudy with music by Bach, Mozart, Wagner and others.

Price: CHF 40
Young Art Club, Art Club & Friends CHF 20 Age 25 and under CHF 20 Museum admission is included in the price.

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The exhibition «KLEE» is being supported by: 

 

Beyeler-Stiftung

 

 

Annetta Grisard

 

Hansjörg Wyss,
Wyss Foundation

 

L. & Th. La Roche Stiftung

 

Simone C. und Peter Forcart-Staehelin

 

Walter Haefner Stiftung

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