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ExhibitionsPAUL KLEE: Art in the Making 1883-1940

PAUL KLEE: Art in the Making 1883-1940

《Landschaft bei E. (in Bayern), 1921,182》
Landschaft bei E. (in Bayern), 1921,182
Landscape near E. (in Bavaria), 1921,182

oil and pen on paper on cardboard,
49.8×35.2cm, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
©Abteilung für Medientechnologie,
Universität Bern /
Archiv Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
  The Swiss-born painter, Paul Klee (1879-1940), has been beloved by the Japanese for many years, and numerous exhibitions have been held in the past. As illustrated by such subtitles as "Erzählung und Schöpfung (Narrative and Creation)", "Paul Klee and His Travels", and "To Draw, To Paint", these exhibitions have served to relay the charms of Klee's art to many, poetically extolling the stories surrounding his works and the creative philosophy. This Klee exhibition, which will be the first to be held in Kyoto and Tokyo at the National Museum of Modern Art, will build upon the legacy of these prior exhibitions to focus on a perspective that has not previously been considered, how Klee's works were physically created.
  From 1911 onwards, Klee created an ongoing list of his work throughout his career. This list, which begins with a work in 1883, when the artist was four years old, contains approximately 9,600 entries. These entries include not only the title of the work, but also a detailed description of the method used to create each work, indicating that how each work was created was of extreme importance to this artist. Klee kept a document of this "working process" through photographs of his atelier, and categorized certain of his works as "Sonderklasse (Special Class)", keeping these works at hand to use as models to reflect on. 《ベルンのアトリエでのパウル・クレー》

Paul Klee in his atelier, Bern, 1939
Photo: Felix Klee, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern,
donated by his bereaved family
©Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
  This exhibition, consisting of approximately 170 pieces selected mainly from the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, contains many works which have never been shown in Japan. Comprised of six chapters, two that introduce the works recorded in his atelier photographs and the model works that he categorized as "Special Class", and others that investigate the specific techniques used in the creative process, this exhibition seeks to shed light on the creative working process of Klee's art. Throughout his life, Klee pursued not only the philosophy of art and the artist, but also specifically how art is created by the hands of the artist. Investigating Klee's interest in this issue will provide a new critical perspective on production from which to consider art in the present day, in the years after the birth of the ready-made.

Exhibition dates
Saturday, March 12– Sunday, May 15
Closed on Mondays
 Exception: Open on March 21 (Mon./Holiday) and May 2 (Mon.) Closed on March 22 (Tue.)

Regular hours
9:30AM-5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Evening hours (every Friday)
9:30AM-8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)

Organized by
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Nikkei Inc.
The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd

Assisted by
Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Television Osaka, Inc.

Sponsored by
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Toray Industries, Inc.

Cooperated by
Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
Swiss International Air Lines
Japan Airlines
Switzerland Tourism

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1,500 1,300 1,100
University students 1,100 900 800
High school students 700 500 400
Junior high school students
and younger
Free Free Free

*Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are
 admitted free of charge.(Please present certificate at the admission.)
*Advance tickets:
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Related events
Commemorative Lectures
Lecture 1: “Paul Klee ―Working on the Picture”
Date & Time: March 12 (Sat.), 2011 2:00–3:30PM
       (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F lecture hall
Fee: Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Dr. Wolfgang F. Kersten (Professor, University of Zurich)
in German with Japanese translation

Lecture 2: “The Times of Cutting―
        Working Process of Paul Klee in 20th Century Art”
Date & Time: April 30 (Sat.), 2011 2:00–3:30PM
         (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F lecture hall
Fee: Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Dr. Mari Komoto
        (Associate Professor, Hiroshima University)
in Japanese only

Concert: Piano + Dance / Improvised Performance
Date & Time: April 9 (Sat.), 2011 2:00PM–3:30PM
Place: 1F Hall
Pianist: TAKASE Aki (pianist, composer)
Dancer: OKA Toshiko (President of Ensemble Sonne, choreographer)
※"Piano + Dance / Improvised Performance"
 is cancelled due to the performers' inaccessibility to Japan.

MoMAK Films @ home: Swiss films
Date & Time: April 23 (Sat.) and 24 (Sun.), 2011 2:00PM–
Place: 1F lecture hall
Admission: 500 JPY per screening
Organizers: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The National Film Center
Cooperation: TOMITA Mika, KAWAMURA Kenichiro
(Associate Professors, Ritsumeikan University, College of Image Arts & Sciences)
*More detailed information will be added soon.

April 23 (Sat.)
  Die ewige Maske (Director: Werner Hochbaum, '36) 87 min
  Höhenfeuer (Director: Fredi M. Murer, '85) 118min
April 24 (Sun.)
  La femme de Rose Hill (Director: Alain Tanner, '89) 95 min
  Du mich auch (Director:Anja Franke, Dani Levy, Helmut Berger '86) 89 min

Publicity materials
Flyer  PDF(3MB)

Other museums
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 2011/5/31 (Tue.) – 7/31 (Sun.)

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