Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

16 November 2018–17 March 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Paul Klee, Static-Dynamic Intensification, 1923, oil and gouache on paper bordered with gouache, watercolour and ink, mounted on cardboard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987 (1987.455.12)

A towering figure in European Modern art, Swiss-German artist Paul Klee (1879–1940) created a body of work that is unparalleled in imagination and skill.

Klee’s meticulous yet whimsical approach to art-making in which colour, expressiveness and poetry prevail, is highlighted in this exhibition of 75 drawings, watercolours and paintings from the prestigious Berggruen Klee Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest collection of works by Paul Klee in North America.

This selection spans the artist’s entire career — from childhood, through his most prolific period as a teacher at the celebrated Bauhaus, to his death in 1940.

Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in association with the National Gallery of Canada.

(Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Canada.)

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