Description - Paul Klee: The Sylvie and Jorge Helft Collection by Francesca Bernasconi

An extraordinary collection of Paul Klee's drawings, watercolours and prints. 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 realisation 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 70 of Klee's pencil, pen and pastel drawings, as well as watercolours, etchings, and lithographs, which the artist has created between 1914 and 1940. The Helff's 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 from 4 September 2022 to 8 January 2023, features for the first time this unique selection from Klee's oeuvre. A conversation with Sylvie and Jorge Helft by MASIS's director Tobia Bezzola and essays by philosopher Francisco Jarauta, art and literary critic Juan Manuel Bonet, and art dealer and curator Achim Moeller supplement the full colour plates. AUTHORS: Tobia Bezzola is an art historian and director of the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana MASI in Lugano since 2018. Previously, he served as director of Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, from 2013 to 2017. Juan Manuel Bonet is an art and literary critic and former director of the lnstitut Valencià d'Art Modern in Valencia and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid. Francisco Jarauta is a Spanish philosopher and professor at the University of Murcia and scientific director of the lstituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. Achim Moeller is an art dealer and curator and a distinguished international expert on 19th and 20th century European art. SELLING POINTS: . Features full-colour plates of all of Klee's works owned by collectors Sylvie and Jorge Helft, many of which have rarely been on public display and are only little published . First book on this outstanding private collection of works by Paul Klee 92 colour, 7 b/w illustrations

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