Films & Videos of the Musuem Berggruen


Paul Klee in North Africa

Twice in his life, Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was drawn to North Africa for study purposes, joining a long tradition of artists’ journeys to the “Orient”. The beginning of his art career took him to Tunisia, and as an established artist and teacher at the Bauhaus he travelled to Egypt. The Museum Berggruen is dedicating a concentrated special presentation to Klee’s works in the Nationalgalerie Collection  whose origins are connected with his travels to North Africa.

Length: 0:51 minutes
Production: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / art / beats

Paul Klee in North Africa

Klee travelled to Egypt in 1928–29. Although the artist’s letters and postcards expressed his disappointment about the architecture and living conditions he found there, the natural surroundings filled him with enthusiasm. Klee’s impressions mostly found their expresion after his journey, for instance in the painting Nekropolis (Necropolis) done shortly after his return. Paul Klee’s trip to Egypt is associated with a principle that the artist called “cardinal progression”. It is manifested in the strongly geometricised forms of his stripe paintings, such as his work vermessene Felder (Surveyed Fields), which was inspired by the arrangement of fields that the artist saw along the Nile. A special presentation of the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Length: 0:45 minutes
Production: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / art / beats

Portrait of the Museum Berggruen

Production: Felix von Boehm /
Music: Mahan Mobashery
Length: 3:09 minutes