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Yves Klein's obsession with Blue
From 29 April 2022 to 9 April 2023

In complement to the programme of the Carrières des Lumières, come and discover an outdoor exhibition in the Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence that retraces the life and work of the Nice-based artist Yves Klein, through his emblematic works, as well as the artist's photographs.

Internationally known for his monochrome paintings, his performances and his invention of the colour International Klein Blue (IKB), an intense brilliant ultramarine, which became his trademark, Yves Klein managed to transcend figuration and abstraction and invested the objects, space, and the world around him with meaning.

Through eleven large-format panels that combine photographs and reproductions of his most emblematic works, the exhibition explores the artistic and personal evolution of this prolific artist. From his monochromes to his most avant-garde Immaterial Pictorial Sensitivity works, the exhibition sets out to present the various facets of his oeuvre. Klein, who developed a whole narrative around his work, left behind a large number of accounts that shed light on his approach, and various quotations feature in the exhibition. Exploring his youth, which focuses on his travels, judo training, theoretical writings, and the collective ventures he participated in, the exhibition itinerary highlights his frenetic life—his career spanning only eight years—and the radical approach adopted by the artist who constantly portrayed himself engaged in the creative act, creating a personal myth that is an integral part of his work.

This exhibition is being held in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives.