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Odd couple in the desert
"Ulrika Stahre about the meeting between the Klee and Use"

"a couple Of years ago, he published the little the novel of the Century summer 1913, which was about a group of artists and writers whose tracks were crossed this year – or not crossed at all. With Florian Illies managed to collect them all in an eternal now, in a concurrency that was clearer and more contemporary than ever. The year before the first world war breaks out, the european culture is in top form. Rilke, Freud, Stravinsky, not to mention the futurists and the cubists."

"In the same hectic time – and with similar individualized history – taking, the museum of Modern art starting now, a tad contrived, sound Paul Klee (1879-1940) face of Ivan Aguéli (1869-1917). The year is 1914, both of which are in north Africa; Klee in Tunisia and Aguéli in Egypt. One of them has only three years left to live. The meet never, either there or in Paris, they both previously lived."

"They were sometimes active in Europe that could have been something else. Ivan Aguéli was the viewfinder, the anarchist, the muslim mystic, swedenborgianen. With Klee he shared above all the feeling for the inexpressible, the mystery, the nature. The cosmic moment shining somewhere behind the saturated colors, the glitters in the seemingly childish characters. Paul Klee, at all not as political as one time Use, cultivated a restlessness in the style and means of expression that becomes overwhelming when so many of his works are displayed at the same time."

"As the curator of the exhibition Fredrik Liew expresses the matter, so woven the two artists' works together and complements each other: klee's variations to play with Aguélis baseline. The Swedish artist's constant repetition of the same motifs – desert, oasis, mosque, palm trees, seems more like a therapy, a pastime, than as something he wanted to develop. Aguéli was for various reasons, uninterested to exhibit his paintings, although he also allowed himself to be persuaded on a few occasions."

"Those two have some stylistic features in common, such as a eagerly the use of different geometric shapes. This shared with a great many others. If to seek something that unites them, it is perhaps the major claims in the small formats: we encounter the entire universe, of existence, both somewhere in the high, the north african sky and in the chifferartade Klee-paintings."

"To weave these two together is a feat, and surely there are other artists that maybe are closer to each other. But the funniest thing is that Kleeu002FAguéli makes me think of the years around the turn of the century 1900. Then was much more possible. This is a premise that controls the whole of the exhibition. It has high claims, namely to get us to see (art)-the story in new ways."

"the museum of Modern art, Stockholm, sweden"

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