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Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

18 Jul - 7 Oct 2018

With over 50 pieces on display, this exhibition is the largest show of Klein’s work in the UK to date. A large-scale pigment installation in Klein’s famous International Klein Blue appears, along with a number of Klein’s Monochrome Paintings, amid the 18th-century baroque surroundings of the palace’s Great Hall and principal rooms. The exhibition also features a number of works from Klein’s Anthropometry series, for which the artist employed models as ‘living brushes’ to create marks on the canvas in front of an audience, as well as Fire Paintings and Klein’s later works in gold. Together, the works reveal the many ways in which Klein blended traditional artistic mediums and imagery with dynamic techniques and performance, erasing the boundaries between process and artwork. 

This is the fifth exhibition organised by the Blenheim Art Foundation, which aims to produce bold encounters between the work of influential artists and the architecture of the palace. Find out more about the Yves Klein exhibition from the Blenheim Art Foundation’s website.

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Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 7), Yves Klein

Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 7) (c. 1960), Yves Klein. © Yves Klein Estate, ADAGP, Paris / DACS, London, 2018

Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 67), Yves Klein Blue

Untitled Blue Monochrome (IKB 67) (1959), Yves Klein. © Yves Klein Estate, ADAGP, Paris / DACS, London, 2018

Yves Klein surrounded by his « Sponge Sculptures » during the opening of the exhibition "Monochrome und Feuer"

Yves Klein surrounded by his Sponge Sculptures during the opening of the exhibition ‘Monochrome und Feuer’. Photo: Pierre Boulat; © Yves Klein Estate, ADAGP, Paris/DACS, London, 2018

Portrait of Yves Klein during the shooting of the documentary of Peter Morley "The Heartbeat of France".

Portrait of Yves Klein during the shooting of Peter Morley’s documentary The Heartbeat of France (1961). Photo: Charles Wilp/BPK, Berlin

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