Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Great Hall for Singers

Artist:
Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno)
Date:
1930
Medium:
Watercolor and gouache on gesso on paper mounted on cardboard
Dimensions:
15 1/2 × 23 1/8 in. (39.4 × 58.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Berggruen Klee Collection, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.455.19
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (center right): Klee; dated and inscribed on cardboard (lower left): S.Cl./ 1930 C.9/ IX; (lower right): Sängerhalle
the artist (1930–d. 1940); his widow, Lily Klee, Bern (1940–d. 1946); Paul Klee Society, later Paul Klee Foundation, Bern (from 1946); Rolf and Catherine E. Bürgi, Bern (by 1950–until his d. 1967); Catherine E. Bürgi, Bern (1967–at least 1974); Heinz Berggruen, Paris and Berlin (1979–87; his gift to MMA)

National Gallery, London. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," December 22, 1945–February 17, 1946, no. 101 (as "Hall of Song," lent by Frau Professor Klee, Bern).

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," May 11–June 1, 1946, no. 39 (as "Hall of Song," lent by Frau Professor Klee).

Sheffield. Graves Art Gallery. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," June 8–29, 1946, no. 39.

Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley Public Museum and Art Gallery. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," July 6–27, 1946, no. 39.

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Industrial Museum. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," August 3–24, 1946, no. 39.

Liverpool. Bluecoat Chambers. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," August 31–September 21, 1946, no. 39.

Manchester City Art Gallery. "Paul Klee 1879–1940," September 28–October 19, 1946, no. 39.

Kunstmuseum Basel. "Paul Klee, 1879–1940. Ausstellung aus Schweizer Privatsammlungen. Zum 10. Todestag 29. Juni 1950," June 29–August 20, 1950, no. 44 (lent by a private collection, Bern).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selection Two: Twentieth-Century Art," June 4–September 2, 1985, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 6–July 31, 1988, unnumbered cat. (p. 229).

Kunsthalle Tübingen. "Paul Klee: Die Sammlung Berggruen im Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York und im Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris," January 22–April 16, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 241).

London. Tate Gallery. "Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris," May 17–August 13, 1989, unnumbered cat. (p. 241).

Mexico City. Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo. "Paul Klee: Selección de sesenta obras. The Berggruen Klee Collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 1989–January 1990, no. 55.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee Landscapes," November 20, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee's Line," March 18–July 9, 2000, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee the Voyager," February 4–May 4, 2003, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Klee: The Late Years," March 19–June 27, 2004, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Late Klee," October 18, 2012–March 31, 2013, no catalogue.

"Paul Klee." Cahiers d'art 20–21 (1945–46), ill. p. 54, as "Halle aux voix," in the collection of Mme Paul Klee, Bern.

Alexander Zschokke. "Begegnung mit Paul Klee." Du 8, no. 10 (October 1948), ill. p. 31 (color), as in a private collection, Bern.

Will Grohmann. Paul Klee. New York, [1954], pp. 266, 417, no. 298, ill. p. 394, cat. 85, as "Hall of Singers" in the collection of Rolf Bürgi, Bern.

Gualtieri di San Lazzaro. Klee: A Study of His Life and Work. New York, 1957, pp. 157, 295, ill. p. 149 (color), as "Hall of Singers"; locates it in the Bürgi collection in the text, and as private collection, Bern in the list of works.

Jürg Spiller, ed. Paul Klee: The Thinking Eye. The Notebooks of Paul Klee. New York, 1961, pp. 258, 263 [German ed., Basel, 1956], calls it "Singers" on p. 258 and "Concert Hall," 1939 on p. 263.

Christina Kröll. "Die Bildtitel Paul Klees: Eine Studie zur Beziehung von Bild und Sprache in der Kunst des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts." PhD diss., Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, 1968, p. 36.

Jürg Spiller, ed. Paul Klee. Notebooks, Volume 2: The Nature of Nature. New York, 1973, p. 422, ill. p. 244, calls it "Singers' Hall" and locates it in the Rolf Bürgi collection, Belp/Bern.

Marcel Marnat. Klee. New York, 1974, unpaginated, colorpl. 45, calls it "Hall of Singers" and locates it in a private collection, Bern.

Katalin de Walterskirchen. Paul Klee. New York, 1975, ill. p. 18 (color), as "The Singers' Music-Hall".

Hans Grüss. "Gedanken eines Musikhistorikers bei der Lektüre von Klees Tagebüchern." Paul Klee. Vorträge der wissenschaftlichen Konferenz in Dresden, 19. und 20. Dezember 1984. Dresden, 1986, p. 41.

Sabine Rewald. Paul Klee: The Berggruen Klee Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1988, pp. 228–31, 286, 318, ill. (color, overall and detail, and bw), comments that this picture recalls the Ligurian coastline near the resort town of Viareggio where Klee stayed in August 1930, suggesting that the tower on the lower left might be the tower of Pisa.

Josef Helfenstein and Christian Rümelin, ed. Paul Klee: Catalogue Raisonné. Ed. Paul Klee Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts, Berne. Vol. 5, 1927–1930. New York, 2001, p. 499, no. 5306, ill. and ill. p. 447 (color), as "Sängerhalle (Hall of Singers)".

Wolfgang Kersten in Wolfgang Kersten Osamu Okuda and Marie Kakinuma. Paul Klee—Sonderklasse unverkäuflich. Exh. cat., Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. Cologne, 2015, p. 419, no. 237, ill. (color).

Stefan Frey in Wolfgang Kersten Osamu Okuda and Marie Kakinuma. Paul Klee—Sonderklasse, unverkäuflich. Exh. cat., Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern. Cologne, 2015, p. 556, no. 237.

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