Paul Klee, Laternenfest Bauhaus 1922 (Bauhaus Lantern Festival 1922), 1922; extended loan and promised gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; photo: Don Ross
Exhibition

Paul Klee at Play

November 5, 2016–May 14, 2017

Floor 2

Paul Klee at Play highlights the Swiss modernist’s lifelong exploration of the creative and transformative possibilities of play. This focused exhibition, part of an ongoing series dedicated to the artist’s work, includes a selection of the whimsical hand puppets Klee made for his son, Felix, fashioned from scraps of cloth, papier-mâché, and found objects. These puppets, shown alongside prints, drawings, and paintings, illuminate central themes in Klee’s work, including his delight in play, inspiration from children’s creativity, and love of theater.

Header image: Paul Klee, Laternenfest Bauhaus 1922 (Bauhaus Lantern Festival 1922), 1922; extended loan and promised gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; photo: Don Ross

Exhibition Preview

  • Artwork image, Paul Klee

    Paul Klee, Laternenfest Bauhaus 1922 (Bauhaus Lantern Festival 1922), 1922; extended loan and promised gift of the Djerassi Art Trust; photo: Don Ross

  • Artwork image, Paul Klee, Ohne Titel (Breitohrclown) (Untitled [Big-Eared Clown])

    Paul Klee, Ohne Titel (Breitohrclown) (Untitled [Big-Eared Clown]), 1925; Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Livia Klee Donation

  • Artwork image, Paul Klee

    Paul Klee, Die Hexe mit dem Kamm (The Witch with the Comb), 1922; collection SFMOMA, gift of the Djerassi Art Trust

Newly On View

Lick plastic bags jump five feet high and sideways when a shadow moves for see owner, run in terror. Kitty! kitty! toy mouse squeak roll over or curl into a furry donut plop down in the middle where everybody walks yet play riveting piece on synthesizer keyboard.