April 13, 2016 – New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday, by Jack Dziamba
“A new exhibition exploring the themes of irony and satire in Paul Klee’s work recently opened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, in what is the first major retrospective of the German-Swiss artist work in France in over four decades.” (Source: France24)
‘“L’ironie à l’oeuvre (Irony at work)” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris until August 1, 2016 is the first major retrospective in France of the work of the German-Swiss artist Paul Klee since the 1969 exhibition at the Musée National d’Art Moderne.
“Featuring about 230 works on loan from the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern and other international and private collections, the retrospective is the first to take a fresh look at Klee’s work through the prism of Romantic irony and the related ideas of satire and parody.”
“Encompassing the breadth and scope of his career, which spanned cubism, primitivism, and constructivism, the exhibition examines Klee’s oeuvre in the context of the artistic movements of his time as well as the work of his peers.” (Source: “The Irony of Paul Klee at the Centre Pompidou in Paris,” by Nicholas Forrest, AI, April 7, 2016.)
Klee’s Approach to Irony
“Klee’s approach to irony originated in early German Romanticism and is characterized by what the Centre Pompidou describes a constant shift between a satire and the affirmation of an absolute, finite and infinite, real and ideal.
‘“L’ironie à l’oeuvre (Irony at work)”’ is organized around seven themes: Satirical Beginnings (the early years), Klee and Cubism, Mechanical Theatre, Klee and Constructivism (the Bauhaus years in Dessau), Looking Back (the 1930’s), Klee and Picasso, and The Crisis Years.” (Nicholas Forrest.)
The Exhibition – Here – Fine Art in the New Media
The Centre Pompiedou has made it possible for anyone, anywhere to see the Paul Klee Exhibition. The Centre’s whebsite contains all of the pictures in the Exhibition (Click, then scroll down the page), which can be enlarged for viewing. Below is a screen shot of one of the works, Ein Haus.
The “Press Kit” for the exhibition contain the text, which allows the viewer of the art to see the works unhindered.
The website focuses completely on the art itself, for as long as you want, unhindered by crowds (and with no language barrier). Often, in an actual museum exhibition, visitors spend most of their time reading the wall tags, rather than looking at the art. Notice the next time you visit.
Paul Klee “L’ironie à l’oeuve” – Centre Pompidou – From 6 April 2016 to 1st August 2016