Yves Klein Germany

Yves Klein

Essay and text by Antje Kramer-Mallordy and Rotraut Klein-Moquay


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This book, produced in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives, presents about 250 documents, photographs and correspondences, most of them previously unpublished, bearing witness to the close and friendly relationship Yves Klein tied with the German art scene. Throughout the book, these travels, exchanges and encounters allow the reader to meet artists such as Norbert Kricke, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, Konrad Klapheck, gallerist Alfred Schmela and Krefeld Museum’s Director Paul Wember.

Modern Art, Monograph
Klein spent several months in the Rhineland preparing exhibitions and creating new works on site. Clearly, many of his visual and conceptual innovations were linked to his experiences over the Rhine, amongst which his monumental project for the Foyer of the Gelsenkirchen Opera House – in collaboration with artists from France, Switzerland and Germany –, perceived by Klein as the creation of a “European situation”. Far from the saturated and impenetrable Parisian scene, the painter enjoyed unequalled success and recognition that reached their apogee in 1961 at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, in what was the biggest solo exhibition of his lifetime. A genuine intermediary, he built an effective network of contacts and friendships between France and Germany, loyal, in that respect, with the old avant-garde dream of a cosmopolitanism that reaches across frontiers.

Yves Klein was a French artist and an important figure in post-war European art. He was a leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany.

292 pages, 250 illustrations
Hardback, 17x24 cm
Dilecta, 1st edition 2017
ISBN 9782373720419