* 18th DECEMBER 1879 IN MÜNCHENBUCHSEE NEAR BERN (SUI)
Paul Klee was a German painter and graphic artist who was awarded Swiss citizenship posthumously. He is regarded as one of the most important visual artists and theorists of the 20th century.
† 29TH JUNE 1940 IN MURALTO (SUI)
He studied at the Munich Art Academy and settled that after his wedding. From 1912 onwards he was a close friend of Wassily Kandinsky and they both took part in the exhibition ‘The Blue Rider’. In 1920 he was appointed to the Bauhaus in Weimer (from 1925 in Dessau) where he taught until 1931. After the National Socialists took power in 1933 he was cited as a ‘degenerate artist’ and ‘politically disaffected’ and was removed from his post without notice, upon which he returned to Bern. He died in 1940 in Muralto.
His drawings, graphic works and paintings are in the largest and most prestigious museums worldwide. Since 2005, the Paul Klee Centre in Bern has exclusively dedicated itself to dealing with the artist’s work.