For 35 years, Dujka Smoje was professor of musicology at the Faculté de Musique, Université de Montréal, and is now retired as honorary professor. She studied musicology at Academy of Music in Sarajevo, and continued at the Universities of Paris and Poitiers, where she obtained a PhD, specialized in medieval music and in contemporary aesthetics. Awarded the Prix Opus in 2003, she has recent publications on medieval manuscripts, and her research interest is currently focused on music iconography in 20th-century painting.

Music in the Art of Paul Klee

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Polyphony of lines, rhythm of figures, fugues in colour: visible or hidden, music inhabits Paul Klee's paintings. The complicity between visual arts and music marked the turn of the 20th century. Painters explored bridges between the two arts, seeking to capture the expressive power of music on canvas. Detachment from the figure, integration of time and movement, polyphonic compositions: music was considered a model for other arts.

Klee's art is in line with this trend. The link with music colours his pictorial language and inspires the composition of his paintings.

In French with simultaneous English interpretation.

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Guided Tour: Join us after the lecture, from 1 to 2 pm, for a tour of Paul Klee: The Berggruen Collection from The Metropolitan Museum of Art ($8 - Gallery admission not included)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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