The EY Tate Arts Partnership
The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee
Press launch: 14 October 2013
Left to right: Tate's Chris Dercon, EY's David Stevens and curator Matthew Gale at the launch. © Photo Tate
EY and Tate welcomed the press to the Tate Modern for a first look at The EY Exhibition – Paul Klee: Making Visible on 14 October. Broadcasters and journalists filled the 17-room exhibition, which houses more than 100 paintings representing nearly 30 years of Klee’s career. Those in attendance enjoyed a guided tour by the exhibition’s curator, Matthew Gale, as well as introductions from Chris Dercon, Tate Modern Director, and David Stevens, Marketing Director for EY UK and Ireland.
In his opening remarks, Chris Dercon explained that, although this is the first major Klee exhibition in the UK for over a decade, there has been a strong British interest in Klee since the 1920s. Tate bought its first work by Klee in 1941 and is proud to have nine Klees from its collection hanging in The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee.
Klee’s remark that, “art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible,” provides the exhibition’s title, as Matthew Gale explained. He also discussed the careful organization of this large show. Drawing on Klee’s own meticulous numbering system, the curators have been able to highlight continuities in Klee’s work and illustrate the complexity of his production at any given time. Gale also said he hoped that the design of the exhibition would at times enable visitors to feel that they could “transgress” – stepping out of time and into Klee’s studio.
David Stevens emphasized how pleased EY is to be working with the Tate throughout the UK and to be involved in the firm’s first multi-year deal with an arts organization.
But Stevens also said that the EY Tate Arts Partnership is about more than just facilitating three exhibitions: EY and Tate also have a shared agenda. “It’s about drawing attention to different perspectives and different cultures, as well as fostering entrepreneurial spirit and supporting the continued growth of the UK economy,” he said.
“The EY Tate Arts Partnership is about drawing attention to different perspectives and different cultures.”
Furthermore, EY sees the arts partnership as part of its ongoing commitment to making education and ideas accessible and encouraging social mobility. These priorities are also the foundation of EY’s schools partnerships and initiatives such as the Smart Futures program, Stevens said.
Visitors to The EY Exhibition: Paul Klee will be fascinated by what Stevens called “the extraordinary breadth of ideas on show.” And, as Dercon suggested, the exhibition allows us – perhaps for the first time – to experience Klee’s work as he wanted it to be seen.