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This triptych was executed in 1961 for the exhibition “Monochrome und Feuer” at the Haus Lange Museum, in Krefeld, Germany. It contains a blue and a pink silkscreen as well as a golden cardboard box that Yves Klein coated with sheet gold.
“I did not like the nothing, and it is thus that I met the empty, the deep empty, the depth of the blue.” – Yves Klein
The three sheets were rendered in the signature colors of the artist: International Klein Blue, Rose, and Gold (to which Klein added three appliques of gold leaf) and have become iconic examples of the artist’s work.
The most important retrospective of Klein’s career was organized in close cooperation between Yves and Paul Wember, the museum director. He exhibited blue, pink, and gold monochromes, his Air Architecture project, and the Void room; an immaterial space that has since been part of the permanent collection of the museum.
The Wall of Fire, on the outside, is made up of 50 burners aligned. The lighting of the elements, in the dark, is spectacular. The rosettes in the form of daisies show, if approached, the decomposed colours of the flame: blue, gold, and pink. Not far from the Wall is the flame of the Fire Sculpture.
On the Finissage, on February 26th, 1961, Klein made the first Fire Paintings. A large sheet of paper or cardboard was offered to the flames of the Bunsen beaks and bears the mark of the rosettes alone, or rosettes accompanied by the trace of The Fire Sculpture.