YVES KLEIN

IKB 79 1959 Yves Klein 1928-1962 Purchased 1972 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01513

Date(s): Oct 21, 2016 – Mar 5, 2017
Location: Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock Liverpool Waterfront Liverpool L3 4BB

A major figure of post war art, Yves Klein (1928–1962) is renowned for his dazzling monochrome paintings and for pioneering new attitudes on the relationship between art and life.  This will be the first UK exhibition in over twenty years, exploring in-depth the full range of his work.

Klein’s art sought to express infinite space and immateriality achieved through pure colour, principally his own invented pigment International Klein Blue (IKB). This signature pigment was deployed in painting, sculpture and performance. Klein’s expansive theories led him to use non-conventional materials for making art such as fire and gold leaf. Klein further believed in the expressive potential of the body, from 1958 creating his infamous Anthropométries made by nude models pressing their painted bodies against canvases under his direction.

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