An Interactive Exhibit of Yves Klein’s Greatest Works

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The Yves Klein Blue is no ordinary blue. Wonderfully intense and mesmerizing to behold, the ultramarine shade is so rich in its brilliance, it’s no wonder that’s the color for which Yves Klein is known. Made from a matte, synthetic resin binder, the French artist created and trademarked the “International Klein Blue” pigment in 1960, and it went on to become the theme of his monochromatic works—both in painting and performance art. And on a larger scale, IKB not only shaped the landscape of art, but it also influenced pop culture, appearing in literature, music (most notably by the Blue Man Group), and film.

The inventor of monochrome, Klein was a pioneer of contemporary art. And to honor his achievements—fittingly, on the 90th anniversary of his birth—an interactive retrospective, “Yves Klein—The Interactive Exhibition: The Vibration of Color,” will run from July 6 to Sept. 30 in the late artist’s hometown Nice, France (the first of many; the exhibit is expected to travel worldwide for 10 years).

But what sets this exhibit apart from others is that Klein’s artworks have been digitalized in 3D and in ultra-HD, allowing viewers to intimately engage with the pieces. Manipulate scenography with movements, virtually spin Klein’s blue sponge sculptures (made possible with motion-detection sensors), and discover his Anthropometries with hand gestures. It’s a tour of Klein’s greatest works, including IKB and the Monotone-Silence Symphony, but more importantly, the exhibit looks into Klein’s lifelong exploration of relationships “between color and matter, between matter and void, and between material and immaterial dimensions” through video and audio devices.

In 1957, on the opening of his exhibit „Yves le Monochrome,“ Klein released 1,001 balloons into the sky, calling it the “Aerostatic Sculpture.” Sixty-one years later, the “Vibrations of Color” exhibit invites viewers to honor that unforgettable moment by downloading 1,001 virtual blue and white balloons onto their phone as a symbolic gesture of balloons floating across Nice.

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