Reviews: Paul Klee Making Visible at Tate Modern
Tate's 17-room show of modernist master Paul Klee is exhausting, but you'll want to come back
What you need to know A major new exhibition of the work of Paul Klee opens at Tate Modern today, and reviewers are calling it "glorious", but exhausting. Paul Klee: Making Visible surveys the work of the modernist master known for his whimsical and inventive artworks and abstract patchwork colour patterns.
The exhibition spans 1912-1940 and presents a broad range of Klee's work, including the paintings (Fire at Full Moon 1933 c. edit above), drawings and watercolours he created while teaching at the Bauhaus art and design school in the 1920s and later abstract works made after Klee was forced to flee Nazi Germany. Runs until 9 March 2014.
What the critics like Tate Modern's glorious survey of Klee is "by far the most beautiful installation of this elusive artist's work any of us are ever likely to see", says Richard Dorment in the Daily Telegraph. The number of works is exhausting, but if you go once, you'll want to go again and again.
This show presents Klee's oeuvre in "a freshly illuminating light", says Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times. It brings together many images which have not been shown together since they first stood side by side in Klee's studio, and among them are plenty of old favourites.
The 17-room exhibition is "beautifully arranged", so you can watch Klee thinking, from painting to painting, idea to idea, says Adrian Searle in The Guardian. Affable, harmonious, playful and benign, Klee's art takes a lot of looking at, and seems inexhaustible.
What they don't like "Yet for all its admirable rigour, you can't help but find this show rather heavy work," says Campbell-Johnston in The Times. As you trawl through a labyrinth of 17 galleries you start to lose touch with all sense of easy enjoyment - playful tinkerings turn into an academic long haul. ·