The painting «Uebermut»[High spirits] which Paul Klee created in 1939 is not only one of his best known works but within it he combined his ideas on childish games together with the grave historical background of the time.
Klee chose the themes balance and equilibrium, acrobatics and high spirits for his reduced form language in the last years of his work. The painting therefore constitutes the point of departure for the exhibition Paul Klee. hilarious, which for the first time in three years is made up exclusively of works from the collection of the Zentrum Paul Klee.
With around forty works of Paul Klee from the depot of the Zentrum Paul Klee and the collections deposited, we are displaying a varied selection of works on the themes of equilibrium, acrobatics, games and high spirits. At the same time, the significance of the world of the child within the work and thinking of Paul Klee will be apparent.
In the side rooms, the exhibition follows the chronology of Klee’s creative work informally with a further 120 works and offers an overview of the form and content of the thematic areas. From the early years in Berne and Munich, through the period of the First World War and his teaching years at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau up to the 1930’s, the presentation leads to the large format paintings of his final years of creativity.