Exhibition Press Release


Education And Music Programs Illuminate The Art Of Paul Klee At SFMOMA

Exhibition dates: March 01 - June 08, 2003

Release date: April 9, 2003

A Passion for Paul Klee: The Djerassi Collection at SFMOMA is on view through June 8, 2003 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Klee's artistic and musical connections are explored in the following programs:

Lecture

Thursday, May 1 • 7 p.m. • Phyllis Wattis Theater
The Art of Paul Klee and His Contemporaries
Beth Dungan, art historian

Dungan discusses many of the works on view in investigating Klee's interest in abstraction and his use of line. She will draw connections between Klee and Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian.

$15 general; $12 SFMOMA members, students with ID and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum with no surcharge or through TicketWeb at www.ticketweb.com or 866/468-3399. For more information, the public can call the Education Programs Information Line at 415/947-1292.

Special Music Program

Saturday, May 31 • 1 to 4 p.m. • The Schwab Room
Visual Sounds: Music and the Art of Paul Klee
K. Porter Aichele, professor of art history and museum studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Peter Grundberg, pianist and music educator, San Francisco Symphony; Susan Key, program coordinator, San Francisco Symphony

Klee specialist Aichele and musicians from the San Francisco Symphony present a program of images, music and conversation addressing Klee's musical connections in three parts: Klee's interest in Mozart and other classical music, music of Germany's Weimar Period and music composed in response to Klee's art.

$25 general; $20 SFMOMA members and SF Symphony subscribers, students with ID and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum with no surcharge or through TicketWeb at www.ticketweb.com or 866/468-3399. For more information, the public can call the Education Programs Information Line at 415/947-1292. This program is presented in conjunction with the San Francisco Symphony festival Innocence Undone: Wagner, Weill, and the Weimar Years, which runs June 11-22. Visit www.sfsymphony.org for more information.

The Djerassi Collection of work by Swiss Modernist Paul Klee—assembled by Dr. Carl Djerassi and placed in SFMOMA's care—is seen in full for the first time ever in this exhibition. Artworks in the collection, most of which are on paper, reveal the spirit of investigation and experimentation Klee brought to his practice as a master of the 20th-century avant-garde. Spanning the years from 1885 to Klee's death in 1940, the 140 works on view include watercolors, drawings, etchings and lithographs.

Media Contacts

  • Lauren Howard, 415/357-4176,
  • Libby Garrison, 415/357-4177,

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Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is currently undergoing a major expansion project that will significantly enhance gallery, education, and public spaces, enabling the museum to better showcase more of its expanded permanent collection. While the museum is temporarily closed for construction,  through 2016, SFMOMA is “on the go” with an extensive array of off-site programming across the Bay Area, including collaborative and traveling museum exhibitions, major outdoor projects and commissioned installations, and new education initiatives.
 

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