À la recherche de l'Orient / Paul Klee. Tapis du souvenir

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À la recherche de l'Orient / Paul Klee. Tapis du souvenir

Ed. Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, text(s) by Michael Baumgartner, Eloïse Brac de la Perrière, Hildegard Frübis, Carole Haensler, Christoph Otterbeck, Jean-Pierre Van Staevel, Nina Trauth


2009. 272 pp., 271 ills.


17.80 x 24.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2361-9

“This is the fortunate, significant hour: the paint and I are one. I am a painter.” This is how Paul Klee euphorically summed up his impressions of the famous journey to Tunisia he took in 1914 with August Macke and Louis Moilliet. It was a turning point for his art: decades later, he was still producing work inspired by the incomparable impressions of northern Africa.

Starting with Klee’s fascination, this volume provides a sweeping view of the relationship between the occident and the orient and their rich histories of culture and art. One of the first essays is on Islamic art. The book examines the enthusiasm of artists from the early modern times for all things oriental, as well as the traditional journeys undertaken by artists, from Eugène Delacroix to Henri Matisse. In the process, the question of how Klee’s ideas fit into this reception of the orient will be looked at. The fact that the relatively new medium of photography also made a considerable contribution to the image of the orient during this time period is documented in a critical approach to the phenomenon. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2313-8)

Exhibition schedule: Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Auf der Suche nach dem Orient. Von Bellini bis Klee, February 7–May 24, 2009, and Paul Klee. Teppich der Erinnerung, May 30–August 30, 2009

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