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Paris

“Paul Klee: L’ironie à l’œuvre”

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
April 6–August 1, 2016

Curated by Angela Lampe

Paul Klee’s complex oeuvre, in all its disparate media, inspires continual reassessment. Using Friedrich Schlegel’s notion of romantic irony as an organizational device, Lampe traverses Klee’s career—from his rarely considered early reversed glass paintings to his iconic Angelus Novus, which will be displayed on this occasion for the first time in France, to his later work made in the shadow of Nazi Germany. At each step, Klee’s aesthetic whimsy is shown to be entwined with a self-consciously quixotic effort to reveal the transcendental realm beyond the visible world. With nearly 250 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures on display, the exhibition and catalogue invite us to reconsider one of the most individualistic artists of the twentieth century.