Puppet Theatre Based on Paul Klee’s Work: “Über den Klee” on 6–7 April 2019

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg

From 1916 to 1924 Paul Klee made 50 fascinating hand puppets for his son Felix. The artist’s figures – replicas of the originals preserved at the Zentrum Paul Klee – are now featured in the puppet show "Über den Klee", for the first time in a theatre context since their inception.

The Story

The artist Paul Klee stands at his easel, searching for a unique way to express himself. He struggles with the truth as well as the next rent payment. He’s burdened with knowledge, plagued by doubts and tormented by fate. He will paint himself into immortality until death comes calling. His figures move between life and the hereafter, reflecting the artist’s universe with humour and irony, caricaturing Klee’s contemporaries, showing the effort of self-discovery, the magnificence of his years of mastery and the tragedy of the end of his life. It is a portrayal of an artist’s life within the years marking the threshold of Modernism, viewed from the perspective of a younger [WW1] generation and a handful of puppets. A “Punch and Judy”-like work of puppetry, as Klee himself loved and fondly described it many times.

The puppet theatre performance – for adults and young adults (age 12+) – lasts approx. 70 minutes.

  • When: Saturday, 6 April and Sunday, 7 April, 8 pm
  • Where: The Remise (carriage house) at the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Schlossstraße 70, 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg
  • Admission: 15,00 EUR, Concessions 10,00
  • Advance ticket sales: At Staatliche Museen zu Berlin registers and online


Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin (Capital Cultural Funds). A co-production with the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, with the support of Dedo Weigert Film.