• Missions of Yves Klein archives

    Passed away prematurely in 1962 at the age of 34, Yves Klein left behind him a major work and archives rich of documents, writings, photographs, films, audio recordings, books and notebooks. 

    These archives were documented and maintained by Rotraut Klein Moquay, who pursues his work to this day and owns.   

    The missions of the Archives are to:

    - contribute to a better knowledge of Yves Klein's work
    - work towards the realization of a new catalog raisonné
    - be accessible for scientific and artistic research
    - organize and participate in various cultural projects

    More about the life and work of Rotraut: rotraut.com
  • Vue des archives Yves Klein

    Vue des archives Yves Klein
  • Authentification

    The company R.U.K., who has access to the Yves Klein Archive, is in charge and qualified to express opinions on the authenticity of the works attributed to Yves Klein.

    For more information on the procedure: www.ruksas.com
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  • Rights & reproductions

    The Estate of Yves Klein has the exclusive right to grant to third parties a right to exploit works of the artist including the right of reproduction and / or representation within the meaning of the provisions of Book III of the Code of Intellectual Property, as well as the rights of the artist's personality and trademarks.

    The Estate of Yves Klein entrusted the ADAGP - a society of authors in the graphic and plastic arts - to manage the artist's copyright for France and the rest of the world. Any request for exploitation relating to the artist's works must be forwarded either directly to the Yves Klein Estate or to the ADAGP for prior approval. Any unauthorized use constitutes an offense of counterfeiting.

    Steps to request an authorization of reproduction:
    1.    On the ADAGP website, fill up the online permission form  
    2.    Send to ADAGP or its sister company the document where Yves Klein is mentioned (pdf including images and texts) as well as the page(s) with the copyrights/credits. Obtain the approval of Yves Klein Archives.  
    3.    Receipt the HD image and destroy it after the use for which the permission has been granted    

    Commitments to respect:
    Any act of reproduction of Yves Klein's works must be the subject of a written request in advance. The modalities for the reproduction of the work shall be formalized in writing, it being understood that it shall contain, as a minimum, the following undertakings:

    1. The work reproduced can under no circumstances be cut or cropped, nothing can be superimposed on it.
    2. The work must be reproduced in its original color.
    3. Any act of reproduction must be accompanied, in the vicinity or in a detailed table of reproduced illustrations, of the Legend and Copyright Notice below.

    Caption: Yves Klein, work title, (inventory #), year, technique, dimensions in cm, storage place as part of a public collection

    Yves Klein, Untitled Blue Monochrome, (IKB 48), 1958
    Dry pigment and synthetic resin on gauze mounted on panel
    150 x 125 cm
    Collection Moderna Museet, Stockholm  

    Copyright : © The Estate of Yves Klein c/o ADAGP Paris / BUS, Stockholm, year of publication

    N.B.: ADAGP do not grant the photographer’s right. The author or its legal successors should be requested to obtain permission. Yves Klein Estate disclaims all liability for the use of images which was not the object of a corresponding compulsory authorization according to the legislation in force regarding intellectual property.
  • Contact

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    21, avenue du Maine
    75015 Paris - France
    +33 1 42 84 33 00

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