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'Paul Klee. Space Nature Architecture' opens at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Switzerland
Paul Klee, gelbes Haus 1, 1940, 365. Aguarell und Kleisterfarbe aud Papier auf Karton, 21 x 29.4 cm. Privatbesitz Schweiz, Depositum im Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern.
BERN.- During his time at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau Paul Klee made new spatial constructions and fantastical architectural designs inspired by Cubism and the Constructivists. With the dissolution of central perspective, completely new dimensions opened up for modern artists.

Even as an adolescent Paul Klee sketched plants and landscapes, but also buildings and cities. He tried to capture outward appearances as exactly as possible After his independent study and a cultural trip through Italy, Klee soon recognised that both in nature and architecture constructive energies were responsible for the emergence of plant and architectural forms. So his gaze shifted from the external surface to the internal construction of buildings and plants. Klee also found a confirmation of his new way of seeing, making the inner essence of an object visible, in his encounter with Cubism. In the 1910s, like the Cubists, he abandoned the illusionistic three-dimensionality of the picture space and the system of central perspective.

In his time as teacher at the Bauhaus Paul Klee engaged intensively with architecture and city planning. He often commented ironically on the precise, rational geometry that prevailed at the late Bauhaus, using it for the construction of the fantastical and developing illogical, irrational constructions.

His late work, on the other hand, is dominated by buildings and luxuriant-looking plants in a childlike style.

This exhibition from the collection shows how Klee’s depiction of space, nature and architecture developed out of his naturalistic early work based on central perspective, via the constructivist Bauhaus period to the late work with simple forms. 

The exhibition presents about 120 works from the collection in a new context.





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