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Paul Klee: Making Visible @ Tate Modern

テートモダンで開催中のPaul Klee: Making Visible展(10月16日〜2014年3月9日)は、スイス生まれの20世紀ヨーロッパ・モダニズムの巨匠・パウル・クレーの回顧展で、ロンドンの今年秋・冬の目玉展の一つ。世界中のコレクションから、絵画、ドローイング、水彩画が集められ、クレー自身が決めた過去の展覧会での作品の展示の順序を、この展覧会で再現している。



→Art Fundによる解説ビデオ

Paul Klee: Making Visible (Oct 16 – Mar 9, 2014) at Tate Modern is a major retrospective of the early 20-centry master of European modernism, Paul Klee, and one of the London’s must-see exhibitions this fall&winter. Paintings, drawings and watercolours from collections around the world are displayed alongside each other as Klee originally intended, often for the first time since Klee exhibited them himself.

This 17-room exhibition traces Klee’s career chronologically, beginning in Munich during the World War I, when he joined Der Blaue Reiter founded by Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky and established of his unique style of abstract patchworks of colour. It follows the decade of teaching and working at the Bauhaus, and his prolific final years in the 1930s in Bern, after he was dismissed from his teaching position by the Nazis and took refuge in Switzerland, as his works were labelled ‘degenerate art’ in Germany.

Most of his works are small in size, but on the opposite to its size, those are filled with rich colors and lots of imagination. Intriguing.

The Art Fund’s introduction video to the exhibition


Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry @ Estorick Collection

アーティストでジョルジョ・モランディの大ファンである友人と、エンジェルにあるEstorick Collection of Modern Italian Artに「Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry」展(1月16日〜4月7日)を見に行った。

モランディの出身地ボローニャの美術館・Galleria d’Arte Maggioreと共に企画されたこの展覧会は、1920〜60年代にかけて制作された約80のエッチング版画と、数点の水彩画、ドローイングを展示している。彼の作品のテーマは主に静物画と風景画。いくつかの花を描いた作品やポートレートを除き、テーブルの上に置かれた複数の瓶、水差し、碗などを描いた静物画(多少配置を変えながらも、同じオブジェが繰り返し登場)か、スタジオと住居があったボローニャと毎年避暑に訪れていたGrizzana(グリッツァーナ)の風景画がほとんど。

Lines of Poetry」は、モノクロのエッチングやドローイング、淡い色調の水彩画など、小さいサイズの作品が1階の2部屋にこじんまり収まった(上の階にも数点展示)、かなり地味な展覧会だけれど、彼の作品の持つ静謐さと長閑けさが、妙に心地がいい。しかし、モランディ展で感じた穏やかさは、同時開催中のけばけばしい色調の「Alberto Di Fabio: Intervention」展(1月16日〜4月7日)によって完全に邪魔された。タイトルの「Intervention(干渉)」も、皮肉に聞こえる。まったく相容れない展覧会を一緒にしないでほしいものだ。

I went to see this “Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry” exhibition (Jan 16 – Apr 7) at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in Angel, with my artist friend who is a big fun of Giorgio Morandi.

Organised in collaboration with Galleria d’Arte Maggiore in Bologna, Morandi’s hometown, Lines of Poetry focuses on works on paper and includes Morandi’s some 80 etchings, as well as few watercolours and sketches, from 1920’s to 60s. The subjects of his works are pretty much restricted in still lifes, mainly same familiar bottles and vases on a table, and landscapes of Bologna and Grizzana where he visited every year during summer, but the exhibition also has a small number of works on flowers and portraits.

Lines of Poetry is rather understated exhibition with mainly monochrome etchings and pencil sketches and very few watercolours in undertones, in small sizes, in only two rooms on the ground floor (+ few works upstairs). But the tranquility and repose of his works are somehow comfortable and pleasant. However, peaceful moment I had been enjoying was disrupted by a concurrent exhibition, flashy and intense “Alberto Di Fabio: Intervention” (Feb 13 – Apr 7)… What an ironic title. They shouldn’t have mixed those incompatible exhibitions together!