17 January - 01 April 2002
'Art does not reproduce the visible but makes visible' Paul Klee
The Hayward Gallery presented a major exhibition of paintings, watercolours and drawings by the Swiss artist Paul Klee.
Curated by Berlin-based art historian Robert Kudielka and artist Bridget Riley, Paul Klee: The Nature of Creation examined, for the first time, Klee’s work from the perspective of his own thinking and explored diversity as the mainspring of his creative practice.
Paul Klee (1879-1940) is one of the 20th century's most influential and much-loved artists. He is best known for his vibrant colour compositions, cosmic metaphors and fantastic landscapes. Much has been made of their inventiveness and of their humour however Klee’s charm as a storyteller conceals a profound exploration of picture-making which produced one of the most original bodies of work realised by a modern artist.
Over 90 of Klee’s most important works made between 1914 and 1940 were presented in this single showing at the Hayward Gallery.