Yves Klein, Untitled Fire Painting, ca. 1961, scorched paper on fiberboard on panel, 51 1/4 x 98 1/2".


Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
October 23–February 13

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW
May 20–September 12

Curated by Kerry Brougher and Philippe Vergne

Moving fluidly from indulgent materialism to transcendental spiritualism, from modernist painting to conceptual practices, Yves Klein has often seemed enigmatic. This large retrospective—co-organized with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis—offers another chance to ponder his seemingly contradictory practice. On view are his iconic blue monochromes and “Anthropometries,” along with many lesser-known works, including several rarely shown films. The catalogue builds on the exhibition’s argument for Klein’s work marking “the shift from modern to contemporary practice,” with essays by Klein scholar Klaus Ottmann, art historian Kaira Cabañas, Walker curatorial fellow Andria Hickey, and the show’s curators, along with previously unpublished translations of Klein’s writings. Travels to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Oct. 23, 2010–Feb. 13, 2011.