Document, 1957-1959, ca.

Yves Klein, "Règles rituelles de la cession des zones de sensibilité picturale immatérielle"


The immaterial pictorial sensitivity zones of Yves KLEIN the Monochrome are relinquished against a certain weight of fine gold. Seven series of these pictural [sic] immaterial zones all numbered exist already. Fort each zone the exact weight of pure gold which is the material value correspondent to the immaterial acquired.

The zones are transferable by their owner. (See rules on each receipt).

Every possible buyer of an immaterial pictorial sensitivity zone must realize that the fact that he accepts a receipt for the price which he has paid takes away all his possessions.

In order that the fundamental immaterial value of the zone belongs to him and becomes a part of him, he must solemnly burn his receipt, after his first and last name, his address and the date of the purchase have been written on the stub of the receipt book.

In case the buyer wishes this act of integration of the work of art with himself to take place, Yves Klein must, in the presence of an Art Museum Director, or an Art Gallery Expert, or an Art Critic, plus two witnesses, throw half of the gold received in the ocean, into a river or some other place in nature where this gold cannot be retrieved by any one.

From this moment on, the immaterial pictorial sensitivity zone belongs to the buyer absolutely and intrinsically.

The zone[s] having been relinquished in this way are not any more transferable by their owner.

Y. K.
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