Yves Klein

In 1957 Yves Klein created the first public display of invisible art: an empty white-walled room filled with what he called ‘immaterial pictorial sensibility.’ It was some 15 years later (in 1973) that Lucy R. Lippard used what is not a common language term 'de-materialisation' to describe a form of art in which idea is the arts material and physical form is often unrealised. Today we call this type of art 'Conceptual'. (Image: Yves Klein in the Void Room, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, 1961)

In 1957 Yves Klein created the first public display of invisible art: an empty white-walled room filled with what he called ‘immaterial pictorial sensibility.’ It was some 15 years later (in 1973) that Lucy R. Lippard used what is now a common language term ‘de-materialisation’ to describe a form of art in which idea is seen as a work of art in itself and in which visual objects needn’t exist. Today we call this type of art ‘Conceptual’. (Image: Yves Klein in the Void Room, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, 1961)

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