Humor and Fantasy—The Berggruen Paul Klee Collection

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Sep 1 2016 - Jan 2 2017

This installation of works from the Berggruen Klee Collection—the largest collection of Klee in the United States—features some 70 works from this collection, which spans the artist's entire career, from his student days in Bern in the 1890s to his death in 1940 at the age of 60.

In 1984, Heinz Berggruen and his family donated 90 works by Paul Klee to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These 11 paintings, 71 watercolors, and 8 black-and-white drawings constitute one of the most important gifts in the history of the Museum. Overnight The Met became a major center for the study of this German artist. The earliest work in the collection is a precisely penciled view of Bern drawn in 1893, when Klee was 13 years old, and the latest is a gouache painted in the year of his death. More than half of the works in the collection were executed during the painter's most active years, 1921 through 1931, when he taught at the Bauhaus, first in Weimar and then in Dessau. Marcel Breuer, the architect of The Met Breuer, was also a faculty member and colleague of Klee's at the Bauhaus.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • European
  • Paul Klee

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