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  1. Yves Klein, The leap into the void, 1960

Curatorial Lecture
Régis Michel

Bodybuilding - Howlings in favour of Klein

PAST - Saturday May 1, 2010. 4:30 pm

I.K. Barber Learning Centre
#301, Lillooet Room
1961 East Mall on the UBC Campus

In collaboration with the conference Breathless Days: 1959-1960, organized by the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, the UBC Curatorial Lecture Series is pleased to present a talk by Régis Michel, Chief Curator at the Musée de Louvre: Bodybuilding – Howlings in favour of Klein.

March 9th, 1960. A chic soirée at the Gallery d’Arquian, rue Saint Honoré, Paris. Yves Klein changes a woman into paintbrush, the public into voyeurs, and art into spectacle: a high mass of anthropometry. Nietzsche affirmed that art is never more than a (tragic) farce. Klein demonstrates that art is never more than the artist (a clown): Narcissus in seventh heaven. Klein is a flighty knave: a genius joker, for whom art is life – la vie en rose (Rrose Sélavy): a theatre of… the void. Let us build this organless body which surges up without warning, between Godard and Glauber, Vienna and Kantor, Debord and Deleuze + Guattari: a mere display of conceptual levitation

Régis Michel is a Chief Curator at the Musée du Louvre, where he organized a series of exhibitions called Parti pris, with guest curators such as Jacques Derrida, Jean Starobinski, Julia Kristeva and Hubert Damisch. He has published large international symposiums on David and Géricault, as well as books and other writings mainly devoted to these artists, periods and themes. He has just presented, at the Casino Luxembourg-Forum d’Art Contemporain, a very large exhibition on recent video art which owes much to late Deleuze, L’oeil-écran ou la nouvelle image: 100 vidéos pour repenser le monde (Spring 2007).

The Curatorial Lecture Series presents lectures on contemporary curatorial practice organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; the Museum of Anthropology, and the Department of Anthropology; with the support of the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies; and the Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia.

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