Basel | Paul Klee’s abstract works on exhibition at Beyeler Foundation
By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - January 18, 2018
The Fondation Beyeler (Beyeler Foundation) in Basel presents a major exhibition dedicated to Paul Klee, one of the most preeminent and beloved artists of the 20th century.
cover image: PAUL KLEE, VOR DEM BLITZ (Before the lightning) 1923, watercolor and pencil on paper, 28 x 31,5 cm. Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler Photo: Peter Schibli.
Starting October 1,2017 and running until January 21, 2018, the “Paul Klee” exhibition is a rare occasion to admire one hundred abstract masterpieces by the Swiss artist, born in a small village near Bern in 1879. A close friend of Wassily Kandinsky with whom he shared both the experience in the Der Blaue Reiter group and the teaching activity at the Bauhaus, Paul Klee greatly influenced 20th century abstract painting, bequeathing us his original and poetic vision, deeply intertwined with his passion for music.
Building up his art collection, Ernst Beyeler chiefly focused on Klee’s late work, which he particularly appreciated for “the quality of its colors and its expressiveness”.
Over the years, the Swiss collector accumulated a remarkable ensemble of Klee’s work which today includes masterpieces like Rising Star, 1931, and Signs in Yellow, 1937.
PAUL KLEE, BLÜHENDES (Blossoming) 1934, oil on canvas, 81,5 x 80 cm. Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Legacy Dr. Emil and Clara Friedrich-Jezler, 1973.
Photo Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaft, Zürich, Philipp Hitz.
PAUL KLEE, OHNE TITEL (Without title), 1940. Oil, drawing with glue color on paste-primed jute on jute, 55,2 x 50,1 cm. Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler. Photo: Peter Schibli.
October 1, 2017 / January 21, 2018
Baselstrasse 101 – CH-4125 Riehen/Basel
Images courtesy of Fondation Beyeler https://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/