Klee & Kandinsky

Lenbachhaus  October 23, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Klee & Kandinsky


Klee & Kandinsky. NEIGHBORS, Friends, RIVALS

Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky: two names that have come to stand almost as synonyms for classical modernism. They are associated with fundamental avant-garde movements such as the "Blue Rider" and the Bauhaus, and regarded as founding fathers and pacesetters of abstract art. History also records their relationship as one of the great friendships in twentieth-century art.

Klee and Kandinsky were indeed close, though never uncritical, friends for almost three decades. Central to the rapport between them was a focused engagement with each other’s art sustained by many shared aspirations as well as differences on personal and artistic levels. Both artists strove to spiritualize art and explore the intrinsic laws of its visual means. Yet Klee’s ironically refracted realism was alien to Kandinsky’s idealism, and his protean individualism clashed with his friend’s pursuit of the autonomous laws of abstract art.

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne, and will focus on the years between 1922 and 1931, when both taught at the Bauhaus, worked in a close exchange of artistic ideas, and even lived door to door in one of the "Master Houses" designed by Walter Gropius. Yet their works from the "Blue Rider" period as well as the late oeuvres of the two artists, who died in 1940 and 1944, likewise reflect the bonds of friendship between them.

A collaboration between the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich and the Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern.

Curated by Annegret Hoberg


Social Media: The Lenbachhaus is communicating the exhibition on social media with the hashtags #KleeKandinsky #Künstlerfreundschaft and #Lenbachhaus.



The catalogue accompanying the exhibition (360 pp., more than 300 color ill.) edited by Michael Baumgartner, Annegret Hoberg and Christine Hopfengart has been published by Prestel Verlag in German and English.

Available at Lenbachhaus museum shop (32 Euros) or online.



»Kandinsky. Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst«
Duration: 35 Min. /german, by Stefan Scheider

DVD available at our museum shop in the Lenbachahsu (15 Euros)
Screening during opening hours from 10 pm

»Paul Klee – Stille des Engels«
Duration: 52 min. /german, by Michaël Gaumnitz, ARTE EDITION
Screening during opening hours at 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm



Media Partners

The Münchner Merkur and Bayern 2 are media partners of the exhibition »Klee & Kandinsky. Neighbors, Friends, Rivals«

Hotel Partners

The Bayerische Hof and The Charles Hotel are hotel partnes of the exhibition »Klee & Kandinsky. Neighbors, Friends, Rivals« at Lenbachhaus.


BODY CHECK. Martin Kippenberger – Maria Lassnig

Keep up to date!


Please enter your search term here