The new plastic strategies developed aim to overcome the materiality of the work of art, seen as an obstacle to freedom, and venture into the experience of monochromy, emptiness and light, in gestures where the work is, like Lucio Fontana's torn or perforated canvases, open to infinity. This cosmogonic aspiration is shared by these artists who, in Klein's tradition, combine water and fire, earth and air. The works of light by Günther Uecker, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, which evoke galaxies in formation, make their fears latent in the face of the threat of nuclear war. The body becomes the seismograph of this acute awareness that man must find ways out of the wounded earth, escape from it or re-fertilize it like the reptile dances in the mud of Kazuo Shiraga, which, like Klein's Anthropometries, make the body the very medium of painting.
In the context of the conquest of space, the poetic dimension of the cosmos was put to the test and Klein stated: "It was not with rockets, sputniks or rockets that man would conquer space because, in this way, he would always remain a tourist of this space; but it was in the sensitive inhabitant. "With Claude Parent, he explores the utopia of an air architecture that makes energy and air the main building materials in dialogue with other experimental projects such as Constant's New Babylon, Gyula Kosice's Cité hydrospatiale, Manzoni's pneumatic theatre designed to accommodate Piene's "ballets of light", which make the work of art an unlimited space where the body can project itself. In Klein's wake, who considers how "free man is so free that he can even levitate! ", this generation of artists share a new libertarian idealism, and make the sky the immaterial and spiritual shield against the nuclear arms race and the proliferation of its artificial suns.
Artists present or exhibited:
Bernard Aubertin, Claude Bellegarde, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Constant, Dadamaino, Lucio Fontana, Hans Haacke, Yves Klein, Gyula Kosice, Liliane Ljin, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Sadamasa Motonaga, Saburo Murakami, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Takis, Günther Uecker, Jef Verheyen, Gil J Wolman, Jiro Yoshiwara.