Abstract Rhythms

Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart
September 15, 2007–April 13, 2008

Music was a consistent source of inspiration for Paul Klee, spanning the arc of his career and informing much of his practice. This exhibition features works by Klee that reveal his affinity for music, as well as new drawings by Devendra Banhart, a musician and visual artist, made in conjunction with his most recent album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. Part of an ongoing presentation within Matisse and Beyond, the exhibition highlights the synesthetic relationship present in both artists’ works on paper, drawing on Dr. Carl Djerassi’s gifts and extended loans to SFMOMA of more than 150 works by Klee.

Paul Klee; Hoffmanneske Mrchenscene (Hoffmannesque Fairy Tale Scene), 1921; gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn