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YVES KLEIN, MESSENGER OF THE AGE OF SPACE

If you come back someday

You who dream also

Of this marvellous void

Of this absolute love

I know that together

Without a word to one another

We will hurl ourselves

Into the reality of this void

Which awaits our love

As I wait for you each day . . .

Come with me into the void!


Yves Klein1

THE MOST FAMOUS IMAGE OF Yves Klein—the startling photograph of the artist, dressed in business suit and necktie, leaping into flight from a second-floor ledge on a quiet Paris street—is usually seen out of context. Yet with Klein, context is everything. Originally part of a literary document, the photograph contributed to an intricate mingling of visual and verbal signifiers, in Klein’s most characteristic style. Klein’s imitation newspaper, Dimanche 27 Novembre: Le journal d’un seul jour (Sunday November 27th: the newspaper of a single day), his contribution to the Paris Festival d’Art d’Avant-garde in

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