Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Yves Klein is known for his exploration of painting, performance and space. Zone de Sensibilité Picturale Immatériale (Zone of Immaterial Pictorial Impossibility) is a work Klein created in 1959 that had the artist offering empty spaces in the city (Paris) in exchange for gold. Proof of the exchange came in the form of a certificate derived from the eight chequebooks Klein had made for the occasion. If the purchaser agreed to set fire to the certificate, Klein would throw half the gold into the Seine (in an effort to "restore" the imbalance created by selling emptiness). With the other half, he made his monogolds.

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