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

Paul Klee and Rex Ray

May 20–September 10, 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.

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission.

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

Exhibition Preview

  • A flat, burlap painting of a man surrounded by a geometric landscape

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

  • A black, beige and red geometric collage

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

  • Vertical ink and watercolor work on paper with botanical, organic shapes, a crescent moon and a large letter T

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