Paul Klee, Rotes Haus (Red House), 1929; oil on canvas mounted on cardboard; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Paul Klee, Luftschlösschen (Little Castle in the Air), 1915; etching; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Carl Djerassi's generous promise to give SFMOMA a substantial group of intimate works — mostly drawings, prints, and watercolors — by Paul Klee allowed the museum to begin in 1984 what would become an ongoing series of exhibitions devoted to this beloved artist. The current presentation looks back to three early exhibitions that were held in the museum's first home in the War Memorial Veterans Building on Van Ness Avenue. The variety of presentations has continued over the years, each revealing another layer of Klee's work.