Yves Klein, Leap Into the Void, 1960.


Yves Klein

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
September 17–January 9

Though Yves Klein is most frequently recalled for his Leap into the Void, 1960, the self-proclaimed descendant of Delacroix was also a stunning colorist, prescient performance artist, cunning conceptualist, sly sculptor, and skilled judoka—all within the course of an eight-year career cut short by his death in 1962 at thirty-four. This comprehensive retrospective, accompanied by a sizable catalogue, offers meaty samplings from all periods of Klein’s work. In addition to famous monochromes, including those in International Klein Blue, are sponge reliefs, sculptures, “Anthropometries” (in which nude female models served as “live” paint brushes), and his spectacular late experiments with natural elements like fire.