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Paul Klee: The Bauhaus Years

Curated by Olivier Berggruen

03 May 2013 -14 June 2013

Dickinson is pleased to announce Paul Klee: The Bauhaus Years, curated by Olivier Berggruen. The exhibition will emphasise Klee’s work, from his army release in 1918 until his return to Switzerland in 1933.

Central to this period are the long and fruitful years spent by Klee at the Bauhaus, from 1921 until 1931. At the cradle of modern design, the Bauhaus strove for a synthesis between the crafts, architecture and the arts; first in Weimar, then in Dessau.  During this time Klee taught a number of classes, including bookbinding and painting on glass. The pictures he produced often relate to the subject of his courses, such as the interaction of colour, or graphic expression: the backbone of his art.

These various aspects will be covered by the exhibition at Dickinson through numerous institutional loans, including the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, The Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Denver Art Museum, as well as loans from private collections in Europe and America- including some works never previously exhibited in New York.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Olivier Berggruen and Rémi Labrusse.

Olivier Berggruen is a freelance Writer and Curator. He is a renowned specialist in Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee and has organized numerous exhibitions on both artists. He has also written on artists as diverse as Yves Klein and Ed Ruscha.

This will be Olivier Berggruen’s 5th Paul Klee exhibition and his 2nd exhibition at Dickinson, following 2011’s Playing with Form – Concrete Art from Brazil.