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The EY Exhibition – Paul Klee: Making Visible

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Can you see the scene in patchwork?
Paul Klee, Fire at Full Moon, 1933, the ey exhibition, making visible, tate
Paul Klee, 'Fire at Full Moon', 1933

Paul Klee: a degenerative artist - at least according to his peers. Born in 1879, the German water-colourist, taught at Düsseldorf Academy between 1931-1933, until he was ousted by Nazis, and had all his work banned. Klee fled to Switzerland with his family, where he later died in 1940. Although it sounds like quite a tragic ending, Klee turned out to be a prolific refugee, and became known as a modern master.

For £16.50, you can admire his work at the Tate Modern until the 9th March. The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee - Making Visible reveals how he became a radical figure in European Modernism by reuniting his collective works for the first time, in the way they were originally meant to be seen.

Klee was an abstract artist, whose major breakthrough in style coincided with the outbreak of the First World War. He designed 'patchwork' paintings using three basic primary colours - red, yellow, and blue. These late came to be known as Magic Squares - fortunately no adding up is required - and although they are merely an amalgamation of geometric shapes, images can clearly be seen popping out of the pictures, including the moon, a forest, and people.

You can learn more about Klee's creative processes by taking a curator's tour on the 18th November, which will give you a private viewing of the gallery.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 9th March
Phone: 020 7887 8888
Where: Tate Modern
Cost: £16.50
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