The Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879 - 1940) cuts a radical figure in European modernism. His influence on abstraction can be seen in the works of Rothko, Miró and beyond.
The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee – Making Visible begins with the artist’s breakthrough during the First World War, when he first developed his individual abstract patchworks of colour that later became characteristic of his ‘magic square’ paintings.
The heart of the exhibition focuses on the decade Klee spent teaching and working at the Bauhaus, the hotbed of modernist design. The abstract canvases he produced there, such as the rhythmical composition Fire in the Evening 1929, took his reputation to new international heights.
The 1930s then brought about radical changes. Having moved to Düsseldorf, Klee was dismissed from his new teaching position by the Nazis and took refuge in Switzerland with his family, while his works were removed from collections and labelled ‘degenerate art’ in Germany. Despite the political turmoil, financial insecurity and his declining health, he nevertheless became even more prolific.
Paintings, drawings and watercolours from collections around the world are reunited and displayed alongside each other as the artist originally intended.
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