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Exhibition poster “Cosmos of Colour. Itten – Klee”
Exhibition poster “Cosmos of Colour. Itten – Klee”

Cosmos of Colour. Itten – Klee

Johannes Itten and Paul Klee made their mark in the history of 20th century art with theories of colour that were as important as they were conspicuous. Both proceeded from the assumption that the order of colours was logically structured as a self-contained cosmos. New sources show that both artists referred to the same intellectual sources, some of them esoteric, and inspired each other. Both developed their ideas about colour in the course of decades of reflection and work and applied them liberally in their art.

In its presentation of about 200 works – including paintings, drawings and graphics – the exhibition takes a fresh look at two leading representatives of Classical Modernism in the German language area.

In chronological order and grouped into eight main stages, the exhibition shows key works by Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, the focus being on their artistic use of colour.

Organizers Berliner Festspiele. An exhibition of the Kunstmuseum, Bern, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin. Kindly supported by Pro Helvetia.

Curators Monika Schäfer, Christoph Wagner

Partners Wall AG, Dussmann, Visit Berlin, Lufthansa

Media partners Tagesspiegel, rbb-fernsehen, rbb-kulturradio

Tickets & Dates

25 April to 29 July 2013


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Itten – Klee.
Kosmos Farbe

Publisher: Schnell und Steiner GmbH, Regensburg
Edited by Christoph Wagner, Monika Schäfer, Matthias Frehner, Gereon Sievernich
Softcover, German, 21,8 x 27 cm, 384 pages, 300 illustrations
Trade edition € 34.95
Museum edition € 20
ISBN 978-3-7954-2646-0


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