Yves Klein

(français, 1928 - 1962)

l’esclave de michel angel by yves klein

Yves Klein

L’esclave De Michel Angel, 1962

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la terre bleue by yves klein

Yves Klein

La Terre bleue, 1957

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Biographie

Chronologie

1928
Born: Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
1942 - 1946
Studied at Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande, and Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales, France
1949
Composed "The Monotone-Silence Symphony" that consisted of a single 20-minute sustained chord followed by a 20-minute silence: influenced the development of Minimalism
1955
Moved to Paris
1957
Beginning of the artist's "Blue Period", or "Epoque bleue"
1959
He sells his first 'zones de sensibilite picturale immatrielle' at the prix of 20 grams of fine gold: the buyer received a certificate of property conceived and signed by Yves Klein. The gold powder was then thrown in the air and the buyer had to destroy his receipt. This transaction which seemed far from an artistic preoccupation consisted of the sensibility of the 'acquirer' to the idea of the first : the immaterial sensibility of emptiness.
1960
Founded the "Nouveau Realisme" group in Klein's apartment; founding members were Arman, Francois Dufrene, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely , Jacques Villegle, with Niki de Saint-Phalle, Christo and Duchamp joining later
The artist trademarked the blue that he uses under the name 'International Klein Blue' (IKB)
1962
Died: Cannes, France

Expositions

2012
Yves Klein. Judo e Teatro - Corpo e Visioni - Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
2011
Yves Klein - Lalique - Galerie Gmurzynska - Zürich, Zurich
2010
Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2009
The Foundations of Judo by Yves Klein - Cokkie Snoei - Rotterdam, Rotterdam (solo)
The Lens and the Mirror: Self-Portraits from the Collection, 1957–2007 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Love Letters: ampliamento e allestimento della nuova collezione del MACRO - MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
2008
Skulpturen im Blickpunkt, Stadtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
Person of The Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flanerie, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2007
Declaring Space- The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
2006
Zero, Musee d'Art moderne de saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne
Marie Raymond & Yves Klein, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz
2003
Art, lies and Videotape: Exposing Performance, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (England)
2002
Hommage a Francois Pluchart, FRAC - Bourgogne, Dijon
Jean le Jeune, Museum Tinguely, Basel
2001
il Dono, Palazzo delle Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena

Publications

2913
Yves Klein / Claude Parent. Le memorial: projet d'architecture, Espace de l'Arte Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, France
Klein-Byars-Kapoor, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
2000
Annette Kahn, "Le maitre du bleu, Yves Klein", editions Stock, Paris
Jeanne-Paul Ledeur, Yves Klein, "Catalogue Raisonne des Editions et Sculptures", Knokke-le-Zoute
Nicolas Charlet, Yves Klein, Paris
1998
Lisbon, Galeria Antonio Prates, "Yves Klein" (catalogue)
1997
Oslo, National Museum of Contemporary Art (and traveling) "Yves Klein"(catalogue)
1994
Cologne, Museum Ludwig (and traveling),"Yves Klein"(catalogue)
1990
Pierre Restany, Yves Klein : "le feu au coeur du vide" (La Difference) Paris
1984
Sidra Stich, "Yves Klein", Stuttgart, Germany
1983
Catherine Millet, Yves Klein, Art Press (Flammarion) Paris
1982
Pierre Restany, "Yves Klein", Paris
1969
Paul Wember, "Yves Klein", Cologne,Germany