Zentrum Paul Klee Bern Founded by Maurice E. and Martha Müller and the heirs of Paul Klee
Thomas Grünfeld, misfit (St. Bernhard/Schaft), 1994 -
Thomas Grünfeld, misfit (St. Bernhard/Schaft), 1994
31.05.2008 - 26.10.2008

East of Eden. A Garden Show

Exhibitions, installations and events transform the entire Zentrum – and the grounds around it – into a dynamic theme park that places the interior spaces and exterior environment in thrilling and varying reciprocal exchange.

From January to late summer 2008 all sections of the Zentrum Paul Klee will be involved in a project falling both thematically and spatially under the banner East of Eden. A Garden Show. The venture will entail transforming the Zentrum Paul Klee and its spacious 20 hectare-plus grounds into a form of theme park hosting a series of three exhibitions: Genesis – The Art of Creation, In Paul Klee’s Enchanted Garden and Lost Paradise – The Angel’s Gaze. It will be interweaving diverse, not to say conflictive emphases and a broad spectrum of items to form a dynamic exchange of parallel and self-eclipsing spatial and temporal zones. Included in the concept will be architect Renzo Piano’s original landscape sculpture, the existing Sculpture Park next to the Zentrum, and the adjoining Wyssloch/Egelsee greenspace. The Zentrum Paul Klee’s iconic three waves will be providing the gravitational pull for the whole undertaking which, for the first time ever, will be seeking to place the Zentrum’s interior and exterior environments in dialogue.

Genesis – The Art of Creation

26.1. – 27.4.2008
Art as science, science as art – similarity and reciprocity between the art world’s avant-garde and contemporary genetic research, between the artistic and the scientific acts of creation.

In Paul Klee’s Enchanted Garden

17.5. – 31.8.2008
This exhibition brings to life the myriad riches contained within Klee’s creative «dialogue with nature» and his multifaceted approximations, which are at times analytically objective, at others subjective and imaginative.

Lost Paradise – The Angel’s Gaze

31.5. – 26.10.2008
Paul Klee’s key work «Angelus novus» as the angel of history: the exhibition follows the horrified gaze of the allegorical figure as he looks down upon the calamities of the world from the vantage point of heaven.

Art Playground – The front garden

31.5. - 26.10.2008
20 hectares of playground for the garden show: the farmland to the rear of the three steel hills and the entire tract of greenery from the Wyssloch Valley down to Lake Egelsee will be sprouting weird and wonderful objects to form an animated kind of front garden.