Paul Klee, Bern, 1910, 117, Radierung auf Zink auf festem Velin, Unikat, 10,8 x 14,9 cm, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern -
Paul Klee, Bern, 1910, 117, Radierung auf Zink auf festem Velin, Unikat, 10,8 x 14,9 cm, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
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28.08.2009 - 21.02.2010

Paul Klee’s Graphic Work. Eberhard W. Kornfeld’s Passion

For the first time ever, exhibition viewers will be able to see the complete graphic works of Paul Klee in all their diversity. This is in homage to Eberhard W. Kornfeld, the outstanding Bernese art dealer and expert in the graphic works of Paul Klee.

Kornfeld’s world will be clearly displayed for the visitors in a separate room designed for the exhibition: selected personal items, photographs and films show his human side; meticulous records, research and his publications provide a documentary account of the art expert’s methodological-scientific side. The various facets of Kornfeld’s personality, his significance as a collector of Klee and author of the «Register of the Graphic Works of Paul Klee», the art history reference work for the graphic works of Paul Klee, will be set out in descriptive form.

Apart from a few exceptions, the graphic works of Klee are housed together in the Zentrum Paul Klee collection. With the focus on Eberhard W. Kornfeld’s outstanding personality and influence, this is the first time the entire collection is being included in the exhibition. This genre of Klee’s work, previously little known to the general public, comprises 109 numbers dating from the years 1901 to 1932. Arranged partly in chronological order and partly grouped by subject, the works give a vivid, concentrated insight into Klee’s development as an artist.

The exhibition is supplemented by drawings and works from the collections of the Zentrum Paul Klee and Eberhard W. Kornfeld that provided models or points of reference for his graphic works. Also on display are numerous graphic map works with contributions from Paul Klee; these include the famous Bauhaus maps with works by Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, László Moholy-Nagy and Oskar Schlemmer.