Paul Klee

The Sylvie and Jorge Helft Collection

An extraordinary collection of Paul Klee’s drawings, watercolors, and prints


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Edited by Francesca Bernasconi and Arianna Quaglio

1st edition

, 2022

Paperback in slipcase

212 pages, 92 color and 7 b/w illustrations

21 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-03942-107-7

In cooperation with the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana MASI in Lugano


Drawing occupies a prominent place in the work of Paul Klee (1879–1940). Klee attached great importance to drawing, and in particular to the line as the principle from which the realization and visual generation of an idea emanates. This aspect is also a core interest of collectors Sylvie and Jorge Helft, who over almost five decades have assembled some seventy of Klee’s pencil, pen, and pastel drawings, as well as watercolors, etchings, and lithographs, created by the artist between 1914 and 1940. The Helfts’ Klee collection forms an extraordinarily coherent whole.

This book, published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) in Lugano, features for the first time this unique selection from Klee’s oeuvre. A conversation between Sylvie and Jorge Helft and MASIS’s director Tobia Bezzola, as well as essays by philosopher Francisco Jarauta, art and literary critic Juan Manuel Bonet, and art dealer and curator Achim Moeller, complement the full color plates.


Francesca Bernasconi is an art historian and head of the exhibition office at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) in Lugano since 2017.


Arianna Quaglio is a junior curator at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) in Lugano.


Tobia Bezzola is an art historian and has been director of the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana MASI in Lugano since 2018. Previously, he served as director of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, from 2013 to 2017.


Juan Manuel Bonet is an art and literary critic and former director of the lnstitut Valencià d’Art Modern in Valencia and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.


Francisco Jarauta is a Spanish philosopher and professor at the University of Murcia and scientific director of the lstituto Europeo di Design in Madrid.


Achim Moeller is an art dealer and curator and a distinguished international expert on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European art.


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Die Hexe mit dem Kamm, The Witch with the Comb,1922, 101, Lithograph, 31 x 21.2 cm, Phot Andrea Muheim

Das andere Geisterzimmer (neue Fassung), The Other Ghost Chamber (New Version), 1925, 109 (A 9), Oil transfer drawing and watercolor on paper on cardboard, 48.7 x 34.6 cm, Photo Andrea Muheim

Stahl den Viertelmond, Stole the Crescent Moon, 1939, 1201 (NO1), Chalk on paper on cardboard, 29,4 x 20.8 cm, (Recto), Photo Andrea Muheim

Böses Müeti, Wicked Mommy, 1939, 1110 (Hi 10), Colored paste, tempera and watercolor on paper on cardboard, 42.7 x 37 cm, Photo Andrea Muheim

Drang vor der Wanderung, Impulsion Before the Walk, 1940, 335 (G 15), Pastel on paper on cardboard, 29.5 x 21 cm, Photo Andrea Muheim

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