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Yves Klein in Mexico

His work will be displayed for the first time in Latin America
Works of Yves Klein - Photo: Omar Castillo/EL UNIVERSAL
Mexico City
Omar Castillo
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A retrospective exhibition on the pioneer in the development of performance art, Yves Klein (1928-1962), arrives for the first time in Mexico and Latin America. This Saturday, the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) will host an exhibition which gathers more than 75 works and a wide selection of documents – such as drawings, photographs, and letters – aimed to display the different sides of the artist.

The chronological exhibition of the artist's short-lived career focuses on the three main themes behind his work: monochromes, the tangibility of flesh, and art as an immaterial field.

For the first time in Mexico, the first monochrome of Yves Klein, titled “Expression de l'universe de la couleur mine orange” (Expression of the universe of the color lead orange) will be on view, as well as several symbolic pieces, that with the white of the walls of the museum as a background, allow for a thorough contemplation of the deep Klein blue (IKB: International Klein Blue, registered in 1956).

Daniel Moquay, exhibition curator, and Amanda de la Garza, associate curator, want visitors to know the man behind the contemporary artistic practices and for the exhibition to bring the audience closer to the understanding of contemporary art.

Ives Klein is more than blue, he was a man who worked day and night; he was a painter by day and a writer by night,” said the curator, who emphasized both, the artists and his work, have become more relevant after 50 years.

The exhibition will open to the public next August 26 at 12:00, with the participation of Daniel Moquay and Carlos Amorales, until January 14, 2018 at the MUAC (Insurgentes Sur 3000, at the University's Cultural Center).


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