Paul Klee: L’IRONIE À L’ŒUVRE at the Centre Pompidou

From April 06, 2016 to August 01, 2016
  • PAUL KLEE © domaine public Insula dulcamara, 1938 Oil and colour stuck to paper on burlap cloth 88 x 176 cm

    PAUL KLEE © domaine public Insula dulcamara, 1938 Oil and colour stuck to paper on burlap cloth 88 x 176 cm

    © Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne

Paul Klee: L’IRONIE À L’ŒUVRE at the Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou 75004 Paris fr

The Centre Pompidou will take you on a new journey through the work of one of the 20th Century's most iconic artists, and a singular figure in modernity: Paul Klee.

This thematic retrospective brings together around 250 works from leading international collections and the Zentrum Paul Klee. It takes a fresh look at the artist's work, taking his "romantic irony" and the associated ideas of satire and parody, as his themes.

In this way, Paul Klee practices irony inspired by the philosopher Friedrich Schlegel: "Tout en elle doit être plaisanterie, et tout doit être sérieux, tout offert à cœur ouvert, et profondément dissimulé" (all must be playful, and all must be serious, frank, and deeply hidden). This new approach also helps to clarify the Klee report with peers and artistic movements that are his contemporaries.

The exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections which highlight each stage in Paul Klee's artistic development:

"Satire and caricature" (the early years); "Cubism"; "Mechanical theatre" (in line with Dada and Surrealism); "Constructivism" (the Dessau Bauhaus years); "Backward glances" (the Thirties); "Picasso" (Klee's reception after the 1932 Picasso retrospective in Zurich) and "The crisis years (between Nazi policies, war and illness).

Address

Le Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
75004 Paris

Admission fees and rates

  • Admission price: 14€
  • Concessions: 11€

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