Exhibit Guide: Paul Klee – Making Visible at the Tate Modern London
Published: January 13th 2014
Colour possesses me. It will always possess me. Paul Klee, 1914
The dark winter days may be providing you with a reason to imagine the possibility of creating the brightest array of colours on a canvas. For Paul Klee, we learn that his use of colour went beyond mere imagination as seen within his collection on display at the Tate Modern in London until the 9th March 2014. A city that has always been popular with art students, London’s Tate has ensured colour will indeed bounce off the page this winter. An opportunity not to be missed, the work of Paul Klee is bound to inspire students on their university field trip to experiment with colour, while providing an insight into the creative processes of this master of art.
To understand what you will see in this exhibition we need to think about the artist himself and his background. The exhibition provides students with the unique opportunity to explore an artist whose name stands amongst that of Kandinsky and Picasso at the pinnacle of the art world. From his early work developed from the confines of the small clerk office during World War I to his later block-creations that evolved when seeking refuge for his family in his homeland of Switzerland, a University field trip to the Tate will provide art students with an insight into the creative mind-set that inspired further abstract artists to explore European Modernism. Some of the pieces you are likely to see may appear small in size, but students will soon see they provide equally powerful images.
The collection on display at the Tate will primarily display work completed during Klee’s years at the Bauhaus. Teaching at the German Bauhaus School of Art, Klee’s work saw a transformation in colour. From the watercolour and ink-oil transfers of Twittering Machine to the vibrant colours and use of pointillism, as seen in his piece entitled Ad Parnassum, students will be able to see how colour did indeed possess Klee. Fire in the Evening, which Klee completed in 1929, is a perfect example of the mosaic of colour the artist enjoyed using. Klee’s time at the Bauhaus explored the playful nature of art with what Klee considered to be current societal issues. A university tour to the Tate will provide students with a unique opportunity to experience this first-hand. A rare opportunity to see the work of Klee grouped as the artist himself intended, the collection brings together the artist’s dry humour with his feelings for the political turmoil of the time.
The Tate in London provides the perfect backdrop to explore this exhibition on Klee’s work. From the collection of modern art, students will be able to explore the modern concepts created and designed in the Bauhaus period. It provides the perfect opportunity to open a study of this period which also saw the expressionist Monument to the March Dead by Walter Gropius. For some, this angular memorial would be considered to be from an unimaginable time and this view was certainly reciprocated by the Nazis who would group this with many of Klee’s paintings as Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art).
Travelbound can help you organise your university tour to London with a chance to visit the Tate Modern. Your dedicated university and college tours team will be able to assist you with all the help you need to get the tour up and running. The Paul Klee exhibition stands as a display of artistic poetry through images that dive into the inner concerns of Klee. Students are sure to take inspiration from the colours that both blend and block simultaneously.