18 July – 7 October 2018
This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of the highly influential French artist in what would have been his 90th year.
Klein is best know for the vivid ultramarine blue pigment he developed, still known as International Klein Blue, which he believed opened the door to the infinite and sublime through colour alone.
Although only 34 when he died in 1962, he was a prolific worker and his pioneering artistic experiments anticipated and inspired movements in conceptual art, minimalism and performance art.
This exhibition brings together over 50 works from throughout his wide-ranging practice, including painting, sculpture and large-scale installation. Highlights include paintings from his ground-breaking Anthropometry series, in which he used models as ‘living brushes’ to create marks on the canvas in front of an audience.
Klein blended traditional artistic mediums and imagery with dynamic techniques and performance, erasing the boundaries between process and artwork. Sponge Sculptures, made from the pigment-saturated sponges Klein painted with, will be on show alongside other free-standing works inspired by Classical Greek sculptures such as a Venus de Milo, coated in his signature blue.