Paul Klee, the Sylvie and Jorge Helft Collection
Francesca Bernasconi, Arianna Quaglio
Scheidegger & Spiess, 2022
Drawing occupies a prominent place in the work of Paul Klee (1879–1940). Klee attached great importance to drawing, and in particular to the line as the principle from which the realization and visual generation of an idea emanates. This aspect is also a core interest of collectors Sylvie and Jorge Helft, who over almost five decades have assembled some seventy of Klee’s pencil, pen, and pastel drawings, as well as watercolors, etchings, and lithographs, created by the artist between 1914 and 1940. The Helfts’ Klee collection forms an extraordinarily coherent whole.
This book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) in Lugano, features for the first time this unique selection from Klee’s oeuvre. A conversation between Sylvie and Jorge Helft and MASIS’s director Tobia Bezzola, as well as essays by philosopher Francisco Jarauta, art and literary critic Juan Manuel Bonet, and art dealer and curator Achim Moeller, complement the full color plates.
English - 212 pages - 21 x 27 cm - 0.8 kg