• Yves Klein : Salto en el Vacio

Exhibition, 29 May 1995 - 29 Aug 1995

Yves Klein : Salto en el Vacio

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

This anthological exhibition sets out on a journey through Klein's artistic biography - the work, actions and projects that form the backbone of his oeuvre (the monochromes and sponges, the silence of a single note entitled Monotone-Silence Symphony, the fire paintings, the void in relation to space, the anthropometries and cosmogonies), and outlines his strong desire to explore creative concepts from different approaches without being confined to the field of painting.
The work displayed in the exhibition also demonstrates how his poetic expression (the constant appeal to sensibility) shifts towards a kind of cosmological conception as, moreover, the artist himself becomes a master of ceremonies (Anthropometries). For these pieces his monochromes are created with a brush roller to smooth out traces of brush strokes and his own prints. Another outcome is the disappearance of the object in the perceptions of his work; for instance, in the Specialisation of Sensibility in the Raw Material State into Stabilized Pictorial Sensibility. The Void (1958), in which, strictly speaking, there is no composition, just an exploration of its absence; swapping the visible with the invisible because, as the art critic, Javier Arnaldo, explains, “it is the absolute experience of perception that opens this life of sensibility above all dimensions.” Thus Klein demonstrates how the aim of both monochrome painting and the void is the identification of the sensibility of the cosmos, adding the assumption that sensibility is the raw material of painting.