“Late Klee”, an exhibition of more than thirty works by Paul Klee from the artist’s family collection is on show at London’s David Zwirner. As the organisers say: „The works on view in Late Klee highlight the diversity of Klee’s visual practice during this period. The play of line is evident in a series of graphic works that are often highly diaristic and personal. His skill as a colourist is presented through entirely abstract compositions as well as figurative pieces depicting mask-like faces.”
Among the presented works are the well known and frequently exhibited: Diagram of a fight (Schema eines Kampfes] (1939), Untitled (Grids and wavy lines around “T”) [Ohne Titel (Gitter und Schlangenlinien um “T”)] c. 1939 and Torture (Folter) 1938. The exhibition is accompanied by a display of early abstractions by Andrzej Wróblewski from private European collections, most of them shown for the very first time. Such juxtaposition provides an opportunity to confront Wróblewski’s work with his texts discussing inspirations including Klee’s oeuvre.
‘[…] In addition, my approach to favourite artworks is not constant but shifting. Modern art in particular is rich enough a field to provide me with a suitable ‘mentor’ at every stage of my inner life. Among the painters for whom I have a so-called weakness are Chagall, Klee, early (‘photographic’) Surrealism, the first phase of Cubism, Cézanne – each for a different reason. I like art that is extremely emotional and poetic, or extremely intellectual, one that does not seek the painting, but a method of creating creation. I like the changing artist’s personality – like that of Picasso, for instance – and the modern practice that consists not in creating individual masterpieces, but a certain succession of works that, taken together, constitute an equivalent of today’s masterpiece.’
David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London
Exhibition from March 6 to April 18, 2020.