Paul Klee and Rex Ray

May 20–October 9, 2017
Floor 2

This intimate exhibition places artworks by Swiss-born modernist Paul Klee (1879–1940) alongside dazzling paintings by San Francisco artist and designer Rex Ray (1956–2015). Although separated by both time and place, their works share stunning formal similarities, including an exploration of geometric forms, the use of vibrant color, and playful, organic designs. Among other works, the exhibition features a rarely exhibited, intimate pastel watercolor by Klee from 1917 and an eye-popping collage by Ray from 1999.

Header image: Paul Klee, Fragmente (Fragments), 1937 (detail); collection SFMOMA, gift of Wilbur D. May

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A flat, burlap painting of a man surrounded by a geometric landscape
A black, beige and red geometric collage
Vertical ink and watercolor work on paper with botanical, organic shapes, a crescent moon and a large letter T

Paul Klee, Fragmente (Fragments), 1937; collection SFMOMA, gift of Wilbur D. May

Rex Ray, Untitled #107, 2013; courtesy Gallery 16; © Estate of Rex Ray

Paul Klee, Initiale (Initial), 1917; extended loan and promised gift of the Carl Djerassi Trust I