Paul Klee: Theater Everywhere

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Like many of his Bauhaus contemporaries, Paul Klee (1879-1940) was deeply influenced by theater and the stage. Throughout his life Klee attended theatrical performances, from the opera to puppet shows, with an almost fanatical zeal, and characters from plays or opera--Hamlet, Falstaff and Don Giovanni, for example--populate his enigmatic visual world. Various types of character roles and theatrical elements, like clowns and masks, were firmly established themes in his repertoire, and as last year's delightful ...
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Overview

Like many of his Bauhaus contemporaries, Paul Klee (1879-1940) was deeply influenced by theater and the stage. Throughout his life Klee attended theatrical performances, from the opera to puppet shows, with an almost fanatical zeal, and characters from plays or opera--Hamlet, Falstaff and Don Giovanni, for example--populate his enigmatic visual world. Various types of character roles and theatrical elements, like clowns and masks, were firmly established themes in his repertoire, and as last year's delightful Paul Klee: Hand Puppets showed, he also delighted in puppetry, making bizarre bricolaged puppets out of household materials to amuse his son Felix. Primarily, though, Klee understood the sympathies between theater and life, absorbing the topos of the world as a stage into his observations: People became actors or marionettes and theatrical events touched upon scenes from everyday life. This publication sheds light on all of these aspects of Klee's fascination with the arts of the stage. A chronology gives a panoramic outline of his several encounters with the theater and a selection of works by contemporary artists makes it clear that Klee was not the only artist to be fascinated with the sharp-eyed perception of theatrical scenarios--the topic is one that continues to engage artists today.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783775721851
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Klee was born in Munchenbuchsee near Bern in 1879. In the early 1910s, he met Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc in Munich, and together they founded the Blaue Reiter movement. Through his involvement with Cubism, Klee then began to move towards abstract representation and to add greater depth of differentiation to his palette by using watercolor painting. He taught at the Bauhaus under Walter Gropius and later at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, leaving his post to escape the Nazis for Bern, where he died in 1940.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Juri Steiner Steiner, Juri 6

Theater: Everywhere You Look Christine Hopfengart Hopfengart, Christine 8

Staged Worlds: On Masked Men and Imitation Animals Fabienne Eggelhofer Eggelhofer, Fabienne Armin Kerber Kerber, Armin 13

Chronology 19

Paul Klee's "Life in the Theater" Beate Schlichenmaier Schlichenmaier, Beate

Europe's Modern Theater Alexandra von Arx von Arx, Alexandra

Illustrations 47

Actors 48

Stars and Celebrities 80

Marionettes and Figurines 94

Theater Everywhere: Children's Games and Scenes of Nature 122

Dancers 140

The Circus: Acrobats and Clowns 156

Theater at the Bauhaus 182

Plays and Scenic Fantasies 196

Essays 219

Dance and the "Law of Movement" in Paul Klee Reto Sorg Sorg, Reto 220

"An outstanding performance. what with the crowd and the incredible daring on the high wire." Paul Klee's Fascination for the Circus and Acrobats Michael Baumgartner Baumgartner, Michael 227

Yes and No: Paul Klee and the Bauhaus Theater Christine Hopfengart Hopfengart, Christine 234

The Image as Stage: Paul Klee and the Creation of Theatrical Space Osamu Okuda Okuda, Osamu 243

"Stage Landscape": From Wagner to Wedekind: Paul Klee at Munich's Theaters Dirk Heisserer Heisserer, Dirk 251

The Struggle among the Arts: Paul Klee and the Invention of Modern Director's Theater Till Briegleb Briegleb, Till 260

Appendix 265

Illustration Checklist 266

Video Checklist 273

Bibliography 274

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