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German ExpressionismDer Blaue Reiter and its Legacies$
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Dorothy Price

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526121622

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526121639

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Die Tunisreise: the legacy of Der Blaue Reiter in the art of Paul Klee and Nacer Khemir

Die Tunisreise: the legacy of Der Blaue Reiter in the art of Paul Klee and Nacer Khemir

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(p.159) 8 Die Tunisreise: the legacy of Der Blaue Reiter in the art of Paul Klee and Nacer Khemir
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German Expressionism
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Sarah McGavran

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526121639.00015

This chapter takes as its starting point Die Tunisreise, a 2007 film about Paul Klee’s journey to Tunisia in 1914, by the Swiss filmmaker Bruno Moll and Tunisian filmmaker and artist Nacer Khemir. In the film, Khemir retraces the Tunisian journey and reflects on the significance of the Swiss modernist’s appropriation of Tunisian visual culture for his own wide-ranging artistic practice. Whereas Klee’s Tunisian watercolours and related works have often been understood within the framework of Orientalism, McGavran draws upon post-colonial theory to argue that the primitivism of Der Blaue Reiter underpins Khemir’s appreciation for Klee and to elaborate upon cultural exchange between Europe and its former colonies over time.

Keywords:   Paul Klee, Nacer Khemir, Bruno Moll, film, Tunisia, Orientalism, primitivism, post-colonial theory

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