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Presentation of the Immaterial in Antwerp, 17 mars 1959

  • Presentation of the Immaterial in Antwerp
    Photography in black and white
    9 1/2 x 12 inch
"...at the Hessenhuis in Anvers, in a group show with BREER, BURY, MACK, MUNARI, UECKER, PIENE, ROT, SOTO, SPOERRI and TINGUELY, I did not even want to paint one or several walls nor make any kind of figurative gesture, sweep or brush the walls with even a dry, paintless brush. NO, I simply restrained myself to presenting myself at the exhibition space on the day of the opening, announcing to everyone, in the space that was reserved for me: 

FIRST THERE IS NOTHING, THEN THERE IS A DEEP NOTHING, THEN THERE IS A BLUE DEPTH. (G. BACHELARD)

At present I no longer wish that anyone purchase my work for money. I have asked, for my three pictorial states exhibited, a quantity of pure GOLD. One kilo of GOLD for each work. There it is, cut and dried at last … at last for the moment; afterwards we shall see what follows, which will not be long in coming.

Because, for me, there are no more problems. As I said at the beginning of this text: I have overcome the problematics of art."

Yves Klein, excerpt of « Overcoming the problematics of Art », 1959, Overcoming the problematics of Art -The writings of Yves Klein, Spring Publications, 2007
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