Paul Klee: Making Visible

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Tate Modern

Until Sun Mar 9

  • Paul Klee

    'Fire at Full Moon', 1933

    © Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

    Paul Klee
  • Paul Klee

    'Steps', 1929

    © Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden)

    Paul Klee
  • Paul Klee

    'Redgreen and Violet-Yellow Rhythms', 1920

    Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Source: Art Resource/Scala Photo Archives

    Paul Klee
  • Paul Klee

    'Static-Dynamic Intensification', 1923

    © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    Paul Klee
  • Paul Klee

    ABMT, Uni Basel, 2005

    Park bei Lu.

    Paul Klee
  • Paul Klee

    'Comedy', 1921

    © Tate. Purchased 1946

    Paul Klee

Paul Klee

'Fire at Full Moon', 1933

© Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

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Didn't realise he worked so small or was so prolific. Great to see so many of his works together and the colours and change of scale in the final room is a joy. Beautifully hung exhibition. Well done Tate Modern.

Curated London

This is a huge chronological retrospective of a giant of modern European art. The show itself is well-curated and gives a generous amount of space to each of the pieces on show. Despite comprehensive and illuminating interpretation, the work itself fails to excite. Abstract fans may find much to delight them here, but the muted colour palette, limited subject matter and tiny canvas size will leave many wanting more. For more of the latest arts reviews, check out


I have not heard about Klee before I went to the exhibition and was told he was German's Picasso. While I enjoyed a few of his pieces, I found his art difficult to connect with. Small canvas and simple shapes and patterns, often childlike did not appeal to me but then modern art just based on shapes and patterns never appeals to me so you have to decide for yourself which art lover category you belong to: the ones that love all the squares, fish and dots or the ones you prefer something slightly more classical.


Brilliant view - found a new artist - inspiring, exciting.

Lesley Winters

Unlike other exhibitions, this is a stunning display of work. Do not expect large displays of colour and abstract views, instead you are treated to intimate views of small fine works, all of which will challenge your views of art through this period and don't expect to fit this in if you have limited time as it can take a while to view the large number of displays.


Paul Klee appears as a true individualist. Although being part of important groups like "der blaue Reiter" und Bauhaus he clearly followed his own thing and invented paintings techniques which are fairly well recognisable. The exhibition with 16 rooms covers the different periods in his life, provide historic facts and make his artistic development "readable". His format is typically quite small, not many of his paintings may qualify as being beautiful or nice to have on the living room wall but his remarkable "story" make the exhibition absolutely worth your time and attention


Wonderful exhibition on a briliant man. Particularly liked how it gave lots of interesting background detail for each stage in his career, as well as the pieces themselves.

Kate Meager

We truthfully enjoyed the exhibition and the diversity of art Paul Klee produced. The introduction given at the beginning of tour gave a wonderful insight to this artists background and struggle to produce what is a large collection of works. Thank you