Recently my work with color has led me, in spite of myself, to search little by little, with some assistance (from the observer, from the translator), for the realization of matter, and I have decided to end the battle. My paintings are now invisible and I would like to show them in a clear and positive manner, in my next Parisian exhibition at Iris Clert’s.
(Stich, Sidra. Yves Klein. Hayward Gallery. London, 1994.)
On April 28, 1958, French artist Yves Klein opened his first -landmark- exhibition at the Iris Clert Gallery in Paris. The show, called La spécialisation de la sensibilité à l’état matière première en sensibilité picturale stabilisée, Le Vide (The Specialization of Sensibility in the Raw Material State into Stabilized Pictorial Sensibility, The Void), took place in a less than 20sqm gallery completely emptied of objects: all items were removed from the gallery space apart from a display case and all walls were painted white by the artist himself during a 48 hours isolation.