Paul Klee at Tate Modern – Making visible

Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible.

Paul Klee, Creative Confession , 1920.

Experiment and order. This great twentieth-century artist was combining those two, almost antagonistic principles: experiment and order.


He was interested in exploring surface, so many of his pictures, offer another dimension beside the visual one. But to experience this dimension, one should move really close to the picture and look at it carefully, because materials that he used and details that he provides are absolutely subtle. His pictures are in average smaller in size that most of contemporary paintings. He was more focused on the details and he made his biggest picture at the very end of his life.


A Young Lady's Adventure 1922 by Paul Klee 1879-1940
While he was teaching on Bauhaus he made Pedagogical Sketchbook, manual for students, and you can find here some of his tasks and observations. At the exhibition, paintings, drawings and watercolours from collections around the world are reunited and displayed alongside each other as the artist originally intended. There is an option to listen to classical music while watching exhibition, as that was the music that was present daily in Klees life, and he found principles of composing music very inspiring.