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Part of the game of art nowadays is for artists, whatever their influence or orientation, to avoid classification. Once this happens, their work often devolves into well-worm cultural cliche. One 20th-century artist who escaped this process, though, was Paul Klee (1879- 1940), whose work is as hard to pin down today as it was when it was first created.

“Paul Klee and his Travels,” a exhibition now at MOMA Kamakura, then touring to Morioka, Tsu and Matsumoto, reinforces this innovative artist’s popularity in Japan.

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