Martina Millà with the collaboration of Fabienne Eggelhöfer, head curator of Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
This exhibition centres on the ongoing fascination of the Swiss-German artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) for the observation of nature and natural phenomena, from his earliest educational stages to his final artistic period. His curiosity for the origins of form and artistic expression led him to the dutiful study of his immediate surroundings. This background, along with his reading of books like The Metamorphosis of Plants, by J. W. Goethe, were at the heart of courses he taught at the Bauhaus, during the years the early avant-gardes were being consolidated theoretically.
His period as a teacher gave way to the elaboration of reflections in the format of pedagogical compendiums, derived as they were from his careful study of nature. Klee continued to work in these areas in what was a mature synthesis, and they became his artistic refuge amidst the challenges of his later years, where he was forced to live with a degenerative disease.
As we follow these stages in the artist's life, Paul Klee and the Secrets of Nature presents his work in Barcelona in four sections, each of which includes work of other artists who also explored aspects of natural phenomena. As female artists, however, they did not receive due attention or consideration in their day: Gabriele Münter (Germany, 1877-1962), Emma Kunz (Switzerland, 1892-1963) and Maruja Mallo (Spain, 1902-1995). Another artist who enters into dialogue with Klee is Sandra Knecht (Switzerland, 1968), who, like Klee, is originally from Bern. Working from a contemporary queer perspective, Knecht explores forms of rural and local culture, closely linked to the landscape and livestock. In her installation, Knecht will address Klee's illness at the end of his life.
Paul Klee and the Secrets of Nature is a project born of collaboration and interchange between the Fundació Joan Miró and Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. It features the advisory role of Fabienne Eggelhöfer, head curator of the Swiss institution.
Catalog of the exhibition Paul Klee and the Secrets of Nature, curated by Martina Millà with the collaboration of Fabienne Eggelhöfer, head curator of Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. Get your catalog at MiróShop.
From October 21 2022 to February 12 2023, during opening hours.
With A Natural Archive, Room 14 becomes an organic and generative space capable of welcoming a variety of audiences and showing the different interactions during the course of the exhibition. It is an archive of both resonances and experiences.
Sundays 6 and 27 November 2022, and 22 January and 5 February 2023, at 11 am
Activities for Families
Suggested ages: Recommended ages: between 6 and 12 years, accompained
Family workshop on the exhibition Paul Klee and the Secrets of Nature, with these secrets being understood as phenomena that are here but cannot be perceived, such as ultraviolet light, infrared light or inaudible frequencies, among others.
Sundays 6 (Catalan), 13 (Spanish) and 27 (Catalan, in CSL) November and 4 (Spanish) and 18 (Catalan) December 2022, and 15 (Spanish), 22 (Catalan) and 29 (Spanish) January and 5 (Catalan) February 2023 at 11 am.
Tuesday and Thursday, from 4.30 to 5.30 pm
The Fundació Joan Miró is offering guided tours of the exhibition Paul Klee and the Secrets of Nature, which highlights the undying fascination that the Swiss-born German artist felt for the exploration of nature and natural phenomena.