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Modernism Paul Klee - at exhibitions from London to Moscow.

The exhibition of works by Paul Klee in the Tate ModernModern Gallery in London (French modern - new) - art style in art, which originated at the end of the 19th century and reigned until the beginning of the First World War. Its characteristic features are decorativeness, smooth lines and roundness of forms, their flexibility and fluidity. Also in modernity you will find an abundance of ornaments and ornaments, attention to plant, natural motifs, and the figures will be flat, like on posters and stained glass windows. Read further enjoys great success with the public. One of the most inventive and magical artists of the 20th century, Klee is usually mentioned along with Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky. A 130 of his works from collections from around the world give good reason to call the current exhibition "Paul Klee: making visible." Continuing the theme - in the Moscow Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. Pushkin, where they announced the holding of the exhibition Klee in 2014.Paul Klee - a figure in art more than significant. He is called one of the most inventive and magical artists of the 20th century, Klee (Paul Klee, 1879–1940), and placed on a par with such iconic creators as Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky. Art critics speak of Klee as a weighty and even radical personality in European modernism. And a lot of research has been written on the theme “On the Impact of Klee on Abstract Art” with examples of paintings by Rothko, Miro and many other famous artists. Innovator Paul Klee was in many ways a pioneer! So Klee’s legacy has always received increased attention. And, despite this, in our days there are a lot of white spots in the work and biography of the artist. Well, some of them acquire colors at an exhibition in London.

The exposition “Paul Klee: making visible” is remarkable because the canvases, drawings and watercolors collected from collections around the world are organized relative to each other “in exactly the way the artist himself built them,” says the Tate Modern website. 130 works in 17 rooms, from drawings to works in watercolor and oil, illustrate three decades of his career.

Stepping through life and ... creativity

Visitors explore the art of Klee from the Munich quest of the 1910s, after teaching at the Bauhaus in the 1920s (this period focuses on the exhibition), and to his final works in Bern, where the master spent the years after World War II. It is worth learning more about the participation of Klee's works in the notorious Nazi “Exhibition of Degenerative Art”, its forced emigration, as well as about the periods of life in Paris and Tunisia. Actually, the “biographical order” of the works at the exhibition perfectly reflects the creative quest of the master. Visitors award paintings with epithets like “like a child painted”, “petroglyphs of savages” or “there is something of cubism in it” - and all this is true and refers to the same artist!Fire and full moonPaul Klee1933, 50 × 65 cmCat and birdPaul Klee1928, 38 × 53 cmGolden fishPaul Klee1925, 49.6 × 69.2 cmBad orchestraPaul Klee1920, 15 × 24 cm

Cubes and cats - separately, or see you in Moscow!

The exhibition curator Matthew Gale emphasizes another interesting and important for the perception of the exhibition solution: a series of secluded halls in which works are hung at a great distance from each other have been designed. This makes it possible and even encourages visitors to focus undivided attention on each work, without being distracted by others. The exhibition in Tate ModernModern (fr. Modern - new) - art style in art, which arose at the end of the XIX century and reigned until the beginning of the First World War. Its characteristic features are decorativeness, smooth lines and roundness of forms, their flexibility and fluidity. Also in modernity you will find an abundance of ornaments and ornaments, attention to plant, natural motifs, and the figures will be flat, like on posters and stained glass windows. Read more will last until March 9, and you should wait for details of the following announcement: in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts ( The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow will be held, as they say, a no less impressive exhibition of works by Paul Klee - the first of its kind in Russia. The seriousness of the intentions of the organizers is confirmed by the fact that the works for this exhibition will also be provided by the Foundation of the artist, who has the rights to a large number of works by the master.The wandering birdPaul Klee1926, 40 × 48 cm

Contemporary Values ​​for Paul Klee

Heritage Klee - about 9000 works, and auctioneers, regardless of the crises in the markets are always enthusiastically talking about any of them. So, in 2011 the canvas “The Dancer” (1932) was sold for about 6 million dollars, and the graphic work “Singer L. in the role of Fiordiligi, 1923–39” in 1989 - for 3.7 million dollars.
Try to understand what is today the relevance and value of the works of Paul Klee, you can with the help of guidebooks Tate Modern:
- Blog “From, and to Z” with a millennium of facts about Paul Klee
- “Everything you need to know about Paula Klee”
- Organization of the exhibition - moments behind the scenes - Video tour of the exhibition with curator Matthew Gale
Your impressions, gentlemen? We refresh them soon in Moscow.

Once upon a time there was an artist Paul Klee
Somewhere over the mountains, over the meadows.
He sat alone in the alley
With colored pencils,
I painted squares and hooks,
Africa, the child on the platform,
The little devil in a blue shirt,
Stars and animals in the sky.
He did not want his drawings
Were an honest passport of nature
Where obediently built on the string
People, horses, cities and waters,
He wanted lines and spots,
Like grasshoppers in the July Jingle,
They spoke together and understandable.
And one morning on cardboard
Wings and crown arrived:
The angel of death began to be designated.
Understood Klee that the time has come
With the muse and friends to say goodbye.
Klee said goodbye and passed away.
Nothing can be sadder!
If Klee were much angrier
The angel of death would be more natural
And then with the artist all together
We would also be gone from the light
Angel would shake our bones!
But tell me: what do we need it for?
On the churchyard worse than in the museum,
Where sometimes you wander, alive,
And hang a row of paintings Klee -
Blue, yellow, blissful ...

"Paul Klee"
Arseny Tarkovsky