Dans le VideFebruary 7, 2007 at 4:25 pm | Posted in art | 15 Comments
Malévitch avait, en effet, l’infini devant lui — Moi, je suis dedans — On ne répresente pas l’infini, on le produit.
“Malevitch had, in fact, the infinite in front of him. Me, I am inside it — one shouldn’t represent the infinite, one should produce it.”
Klein used gas and flamethrowers to produce these. The effect of an entire room of fire paintings was really striking.
Aujourd’hui le peintre de l’éspace doit aller effectivement dans l’éspace pour peindre, mais il doit y aller sans truc ni supercherie, ni non plus en avion, ni en parachute ou en fusée: il doit y aller par lui-même, avec une force individuelle autonome, en un mot, il doit être capable de léviter.
“Today, the painter of space should actually go into space to paint, but he should do it without gimmick or trickery, nor in a plane, nor with a parachute or on a missile: he should go by himself, by his individual, autonomous force — in a word, he should be capable of levitating.”
Trouvant inacceptable de vendres ces zones picturales immatérialles pour l’argent, je réclamais en échange de la plus haute qualité de l’immatériel la plus haute qualité de paiement matériel: un lingot d’or pur.
“Finding it unacceptable to sell these “immaterial pictural zones” for money, I claimed as payment for the highest quality of the immaterial, the highest quality of material payment: an ingot of pure gold.”
(This was a reference to Klein’s famous Void exhibition, in which he displayed only immaterial pictures — which is to say, an empty gallery. People wanted to know how they could buy these immaterial paintings (!), and the above was his answer. Amazingly, people actually gave him ingots of gold in exchange for nothing at all, except the receipt pictured above. Klein eventually threw the ingots in a river.)
It’s supposed to represent a grave. There was a wonderful quote that went with this piece, about how Klein was learning to embrace the hyper-sentimental and tacky. Still, makes you wonder if he didn’t know he was going to die soon.
il ne faut pas craindre les petits échecs, car ils mènent vers la victoire finale – les petites victoires ne mènent que vers l’échec.
“Don’t be afraid of small defeats, for they bring us closer to the final Victory — little victories only bring us closer to defeat.”
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