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Le 08/12/2021

Paul Klee’s exhibition – Between two worlds

Since mid-november, the LaM is hosting a new exhibition devoted to the work of Paul Klee (1879-1940).

The LaM, located in Villeneuve d’Ascq, one of the 95 municipalities of Lille Metropole, is one of the most renown French  art museum, well-known for its combining modern and contemporary art with France’s largest public collection of art brut. Its very successful retrospective on Alberto Giacometti in 2019  welcomed 115 000 visitors in 2 months. The museum also welcomed exhibitions dedicated to famous artists such as Auguste Rodin (2019), André Breton (2017) or Pablo Picasso (2014).

Already represented in the museum’s permanent collection, Klee had yet to be the subject of a monographic exhibition in Lille Metropole. To rectify this, the museum will be looking at his work from a new angle, highlighting his interest in the question of “art’s origins”. 

Through an itinerary organized into four major chapters, the exhibition will be focusing on asylum art, children’s drawings, non-Western art and prehistoric art. Those four marginal type of art led Klee to rethink his work, in particular after the traumatism of the First World War, situate it “between two worlds”: between search for origins and allegiance to modernity.

Without seeking to assign a specific formal source to each work, it opens up a wide spectrum of associations for visitors, leaving them free to draw parallels between one gallery and another and elaborate their own interpretations.

Co-produced with the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne and bringing together more than 120 art pieces, this exhibition creates unexpected dialogues between works from different periods of the artist’s creative life and a series of objects and documents from his personal collection.

Several periods are broached from the angle of the artist’s search for origins: the context of Der Blaue Reiter in Munich, of Dada in Zurich and of surrealism in Paris, the teaching tears at the Bauhaus, and finally his enthusiastic reception in the United States in the 1930s.

If you needed another reason to discover Lille Metropole, no doubt this interesting exhibition will decide you to take the plunge. You can find all the info and book your ticket here.

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