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Paul Klee: 1933

Paul Klee: Mask Red Jew, 1933 • Photo courtesy of Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Paul Klee: Mask Red Jew, 1933
Photo courtesy of Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Paul Klee: 1933
FRANKFURT  •  Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt  •  Ongoing
The exhibition Paul Klee: 1933 is dedicated to Paul Klee's (1879–1940) creative achievements in 1933, a year that was extremely difficult for the artist both professionally and personally. Only a few weeks after Hitler had become Chancellor of the Reich, members of the NSDAP searched the artist's Bauhaus residence in Dessau. After Klee had been removed from office at the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts in April, he left the country towards the end of the year. The catalogue raisonné lists more works for 1933 than for any other year before though. The list also comprises a group of 246 drawings in which Klee relied on parody as his instrument for committing an extraordinarily complex and passionate reaction to the Nazi system to paper. Without offering any direct comment, the drawings revolve around demagogy, militarism, violence, anti-Semitism, and humiliation in the manner peculiar to the artist. The exhibition Paul Klee: 1933 presents a selection of more than 100 of these so-called revolution drawings to the public for the first time. A number of works in color from the same year rounds off the presentation.

Besides the selection of "revolution drawings," the show also comprises 15 paintings and works in color by the artist which also date from 1933, among them pieces with such unequivocal titles as Mask Red Jew, The Contrary Arrow, or Deleted from the List. In light of the partly grotesquely comic drawings which have been largely unknown so far, the historical commentary of these more familiar works also gains surprisingly powerful contours.

The exhibition Paul Klee: 1933 has been curated by Pamela Kort, guest curator with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. After having been presented at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, and at the Kunstmuseum Bern, the exhibition will be shown at the Hamburger Kunsthalle from 11 December 2003 to 7 March 2004 after the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

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