Yves Klein (1928-1962)
François Levy-Kuentz - Yves Klein - The Blue Revolution (2007)
Director : François Levy-Kuentz
Date : 2007
This is a FANTASTIC documented fiction film made up of library footage, artwork and re-enactments about Yves Klein (1928-1962). It follows the artist’s life in chronological order, showing the progress of his career and unravelling the mysterious correlations running through his work. The film is narrated by the artist himself, who tells his tale like a jigsaw puzzle, bringing to life the man, the artist, the work and the era.
"They mocked me. They treated me like a lunatic instead of an artist. They didn't believe I could think with my paintbrush..."
— Yves Klein
...So begins the film, in the first person.
Yves Klein’s career, which lasted from 1955 to 1962, was cut short by death. He had had only seven years to create and convince. A unique phenomenon in contemporary art, Yves Klein, inventor of both the monochrome and the happening, died at the age of 34 of a surfeit of passion. He had exhausted himself striving to make art live, and live art; to birth a superior and invisible world. Few of his contemporaries understood the focus of the mission he had given himself. Today, it is still being discovered.