Photo: Jason Swisher

Il se jette dans le vide (Yves Klein)

Dimensions350 cm x 125 cm x 250 cm
Materials Sandblasted glass, brick, stone, painted aluminum, and wood

Collection Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Yves Klein a French painter and performance artist born in 1928, was an artist of legends. “Painter of Blue”, “Creator of Emptiness”, “Manipulator of Energy”, and “Cosmic Architect of Air” were some of his self-described titles. He was a leader of the New Realism and the thread that continued the work of Marcel Duchamp. He is known for his sponge paintings as well as the very particular almost iridescent blue that was his secret. Throughout his later life Klein made claims of levitation and on November 27, 1960 he said that from 0 to 24 hours the planet Earth became the “theatre of emptiness” and he flew into that empty space. During this timeframe a photo was taken of him as he sailed through the air. He and I leave it up to the viewer to determine the reality or the humor. Yves Klein died at 34 years old at the height of his powers as a visionary artist.