Bodybuilding – Howlings in favour of Klein
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.
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 …
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.
Yves Klein, The leap into the void, 1960
Breathless Days 1959 – 1960: A Chronotropic Experiment presents selected work by international artists who variously, were interested in poetry, jazz, queer culture, existentialism, new movements in film, and whose work impacted the development of modern culture on the west coast. The exhibition is a group project that is co-curated by Scott Watson, Director and Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and graduate students in the Critical and Curatorial Studies and the Art History programs at the University of British Columbia. The works in this exhibition are from the public collections of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and from the private collections of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, and of Geoffrey Farmer.[more]
Exhibition catalogue from the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (16 April–2 June 2010). Texts by Carla Benzan, Allison Collins, Shaun Dacey, Aldona Dziedziejko, Darrin Martens, Sarah Todd and Scott Watson.[more]