Swiss Review 4/2022

Zentrum Paul Klee found out the secret. The matchstick figure must have been Karla Grosch, the former girlfriend of son Felix Klee. The Klee family had a close relationship with the artist Grosch, who studied at the Bauhaus. When the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in 1933, Grosch emigrated to Tel Aviv – where she subsequently drowned while swimming in the sea. The exhibition recounts Karla Grosch’s story, using audioguide commentaries recorded by the children themselves. “I was amazed they chose such a tragic story as the theme,” says Lang, who coordinated most of the workshops. “We wanted to shine a light on Paul Klee in various ways, without imposing a chronological or didactic straitjacket.” Instead of focusing on Klee’s place in art history, they favoured an intuitive, fun approach. “Nevertheless, I was moved by how seriously the children went about it.” Children star in the fringe programme This creative process also forms part of the exhibition, which ends with a documentary giving an insight into the workshops and discussions that ensued. Various events starring the children themselves also take place during the exhibition. Their aim is to explain Klee through a child’s eyes. Angelina is looking forward to these events. “But it will be weird to see so many different people at once.” She enjoys visiting the Zentrum Paul Klee all the same. But her favourite museum is a different one. “It’s the museum with the dead animals.” “A Shining Secret. Kids Curate Klee” runs until 4 September 2022 at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Berne. Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm Swiss Review / August 2022 / No.4 20 Images Reverse side of Glass Façade": "Girl dies and becomes", 1940, 288 71.3 x 95.7 cm Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern Paul Klee "Glass Facade", 1940, 288 Wax paint on burlap on canvas 71.3 x 95.7 cm Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern