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Paul Klee painting

Italian News / Art - October 23

A new exhibition in Rome enables the public to get better acquainted with one of the 20th-century's finest and most approachable artists - Paul Klee. The show features an important selection of paintings by the Swiss artist, who has been associated with expressionism, cubism and surrealism, although his works are difficult to classify.

The pieces on display belong to, or belonged to, German art collector Heinz Berggruen. Berggruen assembled a first-class modern-art collection made up of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro' and Henri Matisse, among others, as well as Klee. He then started giving chunks of it away to top international museums.

The exhibition at Rome's Palazzo Ruspoli sees works he donated to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berlin's Nationalgalerie and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris alongside pieces remaining in his private collection.

The exhibition, curated by Berggruen's son Olivier, spans all of Klee's (1879-1940) career. But the main focus is his output during the 1920s, when he taught at the influential Bauhaus art and architecture school in Weimar, alongside his friend Wassily Kandinsky.

The show, which runs to January 7, is open every day except Monday. Tickets cost nine euros.