Zentrum Paul Klee Bern Founded by Maurice E. and Martha Müller and the heirs of Paul Klee
Detail Paul Klee, Obstbergweg 6, Bern, 1897, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Donation Family Klee - © Klee-Nachlassverwaltung, Bern
Detail Paul Klee, Obstbergweg 6, Bern, 1897, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Donation Family Klee
© Klee-Nachlassverwaltung, Bern
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Exhibitions 18/10/2013—30/03/2014

Paul Klee – Life and Work

Did you know that Paul Klee’s favourite drink was a glass of good red wine? He was, incidentally, also a talented cook. And do you know his idea of happiness and unhappiness? That was either working successfully or being able not to work. What do you think his unconquerable aversion might have been? Having to talk a lot. And what scared him most was the jury.

You will learn this and much more from the exhibition ‘Paul Klee – Life and Work’. After the publication last year of a comprehensive monograph on Paul Klee comes this exhibition of around 300 works. In a chronological sequence you can discover the person, the life and the artistic work of Paul Klee.
This exhibition of the collection shows the work of Paul Klee in a chronological overview, and allows you discover hitherto unknown letters and photographs, new aspects of the artist’s life. Klee as a brilliant artist, but also as a human being between success and failure, joy and sorrow.

Last year’s monograph, the standard work on Paul Klee published by the ZPK, is now followed by the exhibition. It also shows the more than 40 carefully restored reverse glass paintings by Paul Klee for the first time in the ZPK.

Over the past three years, thanks to the support of the Paul Klee Stiftung of the Burgergemeinde Bern, the Zentrum Paul Klee has been able to carry out an ambitious and interesting project of conservation and restoration project: the restoration and reframing of Paul Klee’s 41 reverse glass paintings from the ZPK’s holdings. Klee’s glass paintings belong to one of the most exciting and unusual groups of work in the artist’s early work. They cover a wide range of themes and motifs, from landscapes and animals via portraits to satirical themes. 

Another major challenge was to restore the reverse glass paintings to their reconstructed original frames. These were applied by Paul Klee himself, but removed in the 1960s and 70s and replaced by new frames in line with contemporary taste. These alterations do not correspond to the high museological standards of the Zentrum Paul Klee. Intensive research and the evaluation of all available photographic documents in Paul Klee’s lifetime as well as those from the archive of Felix Klee have now made it possible to have precise information about the original framing for the overwhelming majority of the reverse glass works.

Sponsor
Museumsstiftung für Kunst der Burgergemeinde Bern
Exhibitions
Today 10:00 - 17:00 Su 02.10 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 04.10 10:00 - 17:00 We 05.10 10:00 - 17:00 Th 06.10 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. I am a Painter Fr 19.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 20.02 10:00 - 17:00 Su 21.02 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 23.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 24.02 10:00 - 17:00 Chinese Whispers Recent Art from the Sigg und M+ Sigg Collections Today 10:00 - 17:00 Su 02.10 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 04.10 10:00 - 17:00 We 05.10 10:00 - 17:00 Th 06.10 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Pictures in Motion We 13.01 10:00 - 17:00 Th 14.01 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 15.01 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 16.01 10:00 - 17:00 Su 17.01 10:00 - 17:00 Klee Highlights (while remodeling the Collection Exhibition) Sa 17.10 10:00 - 17:00 Su 18.10 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 20.10 10:00 - 17:00 We 21.10 10:00 - 17:00 Th 22.10 10:00 - 17:00 About Trees Fr 19.06 10:00 - 18:00 Sa 20.06 10:00 - 18:00 Su 21.06 10:00 - 18:00 Tu 23.06 10:00 - 18:00 We 24.06 10:00 - 18:00 Klee in Bern Fr 19.06 10:00 - 18:00 Sa 20.06 10:00 - 18:00 Su 21.06 10:00 - 18:00 Tu 23.06 10:00 - 18:00 We 24.06 10:00 - 18:00 Klee & Kandinsky Sa 14.02 10:00 - 17:00 Su 15.02 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 17.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 18.02 10:00 - 17:00 Th 19.02 10:00 - 17:00 Klee in Bern Tu 10.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 11.02 10:00 - 17:00 Th 12.02 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 13.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 14.02 10:00 - 17:00 Catherine Gfeller ZIG ZAG ZPK Fr 30.01 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 31.01 10:00 - 17:00 Su 01.02 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 03.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 04.02 10:00 - 17:00 Henry Moore Tu 21.10 10:00 - 17:00 We 22.10 10:00 - 17:00 Th 23.10 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 24.10 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 25.10 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Special class – not for sale Fr 05.09 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 06.09 10:00 - 17:00 Su 07.09 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 09.09 10:00 - 17:00 We 10.09 10:00 - 17:00 ANTONY GORMLEY. EXPANSION FIELD Tu 01.07 10:00 - 17:00 We 02.07 10:00 - 17:00 Th 03.07 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 04.07 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 05.07 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Space Nature Architecture We 16.04 10:00 - 17:00 Th 17.04 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 18.04 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 19.04 10:00 - 17:00 Su 20.04 10:00 - 17:00 Taking a Line for a Walk Tu 11.03 10:00 - 17:00 We 12.03 10:00 - 17:00 Th 13.03 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 14.03 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 15.03 10:00 - 17:00 The Journey to Tunisia. Klee, Macke, Moilliet Fr 22.11 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 23.11 10:00 - 17:00 Su 24.11 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 26.11 10:00 - 17:00 We 27.11 10:00 - 17:00 Between «Brücke» and «Blauer Reiter». Hanna Bekker vom Rath, a pioneer of modernism Tu 15.10 10:00 - 17:00 We 16.10 10:00 - 17:00 Th 17.10 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 18.10 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 19.10 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee – Life and Work Tu 20.08 10:00 - 17:00 We 21.08 10:00 - 17:00 Th 22.08 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 23.08 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 24.08 10:00 - 17:00 Olaf Breuning — The Grid Fr 07.06 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 08.06 10:00 - 17:00 Su 09.06 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 11.06 10:00 - 17:00 We 12.06 10:00 - 17:00 Satire - Irony - Grotesque. Daumier, Ensor, Feininger, Klee, Kubin Th 23.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 24.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 25.05 10:00 - 17:00 Su 26.05 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 28.05 10:00 - 17:00 Preciosities and Rarities by Paul Klee Tu 29.01 10:00 - 17:00 We 30.01 10:00 - 17:00 Th 31.01 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 01.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 02.02 10:00 - 17:00 Klee and Jawlensky - An Artist’s Friendship Sa 19.01 10:00 - 17:00 Su 20.01 10:00 - 17:00 Tu 22.01 10:00 - 17:00 We 23.01 10:00 - 17:00 Th 24.01 10:00 - 17:00 From Japonism to Zen. Paul Klee and the Far East Tu 31.07 10:00 - 17:00 We 01.08 10:00 - 17:00 Th 02.08 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 03.08 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 04.08 10:00 - 17:00 Master Klee! Teacher at the Bauhaus Mo 28.05 08:00 - 20:00 Tu 29.05 08:00 - 20:00 We 30.05 08:00 - 20:00 Th 31.05 08:00 - 20:00 Fr 01.06 08:00 - 20:00 Die Alpen aus der Vogelperspektive Open-Air Fotoausstellung Tu 22.05 10:00 - 17:00 We 23.05 10:00 - 17:00 Th 24.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 25.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 26.05 10:00 - 17:00 Higher beings - Sigmar Polke and Paul Klee Tu 06.03 10:00 - 17:00 We 07.03 10:00 - 17:00 Th 08.03 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 09.03 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 10.03 10:00 - 17:00 Uncanny. Witches, phantoms and demons in Paul Klee Tu 24.01 10:00 - 17:00 We 25.01 10:00 - 17:00 Th 26.01 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 27.01 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 28.01 10:00 - 17:00 Bürgi Archive Donation Tu 20.09 10:00 - 17:00 We 21.09 10:00 - 17:00 Th 22.09 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 23.09 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 24.09 10:00 - 17:00 Eiapopeia. The child within Klee Tu 24.05 10:00 - 17:00 We 25.05 10:00 - 17:00 Th 26.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 27.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 28.05 10:00 - 17:00 Klee and Cobra. A child’s play Tu 08.03 01:00 - 01:00 We 09.03 01:00 - 01:00 Th 10.03 01:00 - 01:00 Fr 11.03 01:00 - 01:00 Sa 12.03 01:00 - 01:00 Paul Klee. hilarious Collection 2011 Tu 25.01 10:00 - 17:00 We 26.01 10:00 - 17:00 Th 27.01 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 28.01 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 29.01 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee - Franz Marc. Dialog in Pictures Tu 12.10 10:00 - 17:00 We 13.10 10:00 - 17:00 Th 14.10 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 15.10 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 16.10 10:00 - 17:00 Lust and Vice. The 7 Deadly Sins from Dürer to Nauman. Tu 07.09 10:00 - 17:00 We 08.09 10:00 - 17:00 Th 09.09 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 10.09 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 11.09 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Line, Form and Colour Tu 01.06 10:00 - 17:00 We 02.06 10:00 - 17:00 Th 03.06 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 04.06 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 05.06 10:00 - 17:00 Klee meets Picasso Tu 09.03 10:00 - 17:00 We 10.03 10:00 - 17:00 Th 11.03 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 12.03 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 13.03 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Rare Fruits Tu 15.09 10:00 - 17:00 We 16.09 10:00 - 17:00 Th 17.09 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 18.09 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 19.09 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Life, Work and Responses Tu 25.08 10:00 - 17:00 We 26.08 10:00 - 17:00 Th 27.08 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 28.08 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 29.08 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee’s Graphic Work. Eberhard W. Kornfeld’s Passion Tu 26.05 10:00 - 17:00 We 27.05 10:00 - 17:00 Th 28.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 29.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 30.05 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Carpet of Memory Tu 24.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 25.02 10:00 - 17:00 Th 26.02 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 27.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 28.02 10:00 - 17:00 Dream and Reality. Contemporary Art from the Near East Tu 03.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 04.02 10:00 - 17:00 Th 05.02 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 06.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 07.02 10:00 - 17:00 In Search of the Orient. From Bellini to Klee Tu 04.11 10:00 - 17:00 We 05.11 10:00 - 17:00 Th 06.11 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 07.11 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 08.11 10:00 - 17:00 A Collector’s Eye on Paul Klee Tu 09.09 10:00 - 17:00 We 10.09 10:00 - 17:00 Th 11.09 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 12.09 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 13.09 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Movement in the Workshop Tu 27.05 10:00 - 17:00 We 28.05 10:00 - 17:00 Th 29.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 30.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 31.05 10:00 - 17:00 Lost Paradise. The Angel’s Gaze Tu 13.05 10:00 - 17:00 We 14.05 10:00 - 17:00 Th 15.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 16.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 17.05 10:00 - 17:00 In Paul Klee’s Enchanted Garden Tu 13.05 10:00 - 17:00 We 14.05 10:00 - 17:00 Th 15.05 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 16.05 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 17.05 10:00 - 17:00 East of Eden. A Garden Show Tu 22.01 - We 23.01 - Th 24.01 - Fr 25.01 - Sa 26.01 - Genesis. The Art of Creation Tu 26.06 10:00 - 17:00 We 27.06 10:00 - 17:00 Th 28.06 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 29.06 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 30.06 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee. Theatre here, there and everywhere Tu 12.06 10:00 - 17:00 We 13.06 10:00 - 17:00 Th 14.06 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 15.06 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 16.06 10:00 - 17:00 Collection presentation Ad Parnassum Tu 13.02 10:00 - 17:00 We 14.02 10:00 - 17:00 Th 15.02 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 16.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 17.02 10:00 - 17:00 Oscar Wiggli. Körper – Raum – Klang Tu 30.01 10:00 - 17:00 We 31.01 10:00 - 17:00 Th 01.02 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 02.02 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 03.02 10:00 - 17:00 Rémy Zaugg. My neighbour Death and perception Tu 05.09 - We 06.09 - Th 07.09 - Fr 08.09 - Sa 09.09 - Paul Klee. Melody and Rhythm Tu 27.06 10:00 - 17:00 We 28.06 10:00 - 17:00 Th 29.06 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 30.06 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 01.07 10:00 - 17:00 Upsetting the Balance Contemporary Art at the Zentrum Paul Klee Tu 28.03 10:00 - 17:00 We 29.03 10:00 - 17:00 Th 30.03 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 31.03 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 01.04 10:00 - 17:00 Max Beckmann. Dream of Life Tu 01.11 10:00 - 17:00 We 02.11 10:00 - 17:00 Th 03.11 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 04.11 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 05.11 10:00 - 17:00 Paul Klee and his illness Tu 21.06 10:00 - 17:00 We 22.06 10:00 - 17:00 Th 23.06 10:00 - 17:00 Fr 24.06 10:00 - 17:00 Sa 25.06 10:00 - 17:00 Opening exhibition Kein Tag ohne Linie
Programme from August to October