The works selected for the exhibition at the Orangerie represent the major stages in the painter's creative development, while at the same time reflecting Beyeler's preference for Klee's later work. The focus is therefore on the later years (1938-1940), marked by coloured backgrounds punctuated by strong black and brown lines. The collector himself referred to the spectacular increase in Klee's artistic expression at the end of his life. Beyeler speaks of "a move towards a tragic dimension, towards a dramatic vision that includes other worlds".
The presentation of these magnificent works by Klee at the Orangerie enables Parisian art lovers to rediscover an artist who is today regarded as one of the major references for modern art. It is also a tribute to Ernst Beyeler who died on 25 February 2010.
CuratorEmmanuel Bréon, Director of the Musée National de l'Orangerie
Scientific CuratorsMarie-Madeleine Massé, urator, Musée National de l'Orangerie
Philippe Büttner, Curator, Beyeler Foundation
This exhibition was organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, with the exceptional support of the Beyeler Foundation in Riehen / Basle