Kosmos Klee Saalansicht

The Collection

The art depot of the Zentrum Paul Klee houses one of the world's most important collections of paintings, watercolours and drawings by Paul Klee. Due to the amount and diversity of the works, it is not possible to show the whole collection at once. Klee's working methods make his works delicate and fragile; not only was he keen to experiment in terms of content and form, but also in terms of technique. He used light-sensitive colours, inks and papers. Since Paul Klee was primarily a draughtsman, around 80% of his œuvre consists of works on paper. The collection of the Zentrum Paul Klee as well comprises almost exactly 80% drawings and watercolours and around 20% paintings.


The collection of the Zentrum Paul Klee holds works of art by Paul Klee and other works by other artists such as Alexej Jawlensky and Wassily Kandinsky, with whom Klee cultivated a long friendship. All these holdings come from the Klee family estate and can be labelled ‘green’ according to the Bern provenance categories: The provenance of all the works can be reconstructed for the period from 1933 to 1945. The provenances of works by artist friends from Paul Klee's private collection that have found their way into the Zentrum Paul Klee are currently being recorded in accordance with the latest guidelines. In the case of enquiries about the provenance of works by Paul Klee owned by third parties, both private individuals and institutions worldwide, the staff support the research by analysing source and documentation material held in the archive. 

Restoration & Conservation

The restoration department ensures that the collection of the Zentrum Paul Klee is preserved for as long as possible by means of restoration and conservation measures. Our conservators constantly check the climatic and safety conditions in the depot and exhibition rooms as well as during the transport of our own and third-party works. They ensure that no pests can nest. Numerous works from other collections are brought into the museum for temporary exhibitions. Their conditions must be checked for insurance reasons. Research into Klee's painting techniques and materials is also one of the conservators' tasks, as is the digitisation of the collection, which makes an important contribution to the accessibility of Paul Klee's life work.

Digital Work Database

Browse through the collection, find information on the works and photographs or search for relevant literature.

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The work database has not been updated since the end of 2021 for technical reasons. For questions about the latest literature, please contact

Paul Klee

Find out more about the artist and his work.

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The Zentrum Paul Klee is the leading research centre on the life, work and influence of Paul Klee. Find out more about the library, the archive and other research opportunities.

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Experience the collection

The permanent exhibition Kosmos Klee. The collection offers visitors a chronological overview of Klee's artistic work.

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