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  • Provenance


    Rotraut Moquay-Klein, Paris

  • Exhibited


    Vienna, Avantgarde im Musiktheater Gelsenkirchen, August-September, 1959; Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, ReliefsFormprobleme zwischen Malerei und Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert, June – August 1980 (original plaster cast exhibited); Bremen, Geselischaft für Aktuelle Kunst e.V. Weserburg, Skulptur und Farbe, August – September 1983; Oberhausen, Gasometer, Feuer und Flamme Teil I, July – November 1994; Oberhausen, Gosometer, Feuer und Flamme Teil II, May – November 1995

  • Literature


    P. Wember, Yves Klein, Cologne, 1969, p. 74 (original plaster cast illustrated); W. Ruhnau, Baukunst: Yves Klein, Robert Adams, Paul Kierkes, Norbert Kricke, Jean Tinguely-Das Gelsenkirchener Theater, Bonn, 1992; S. Stich, Yves Klein, Ostfildern-Ruit, 1995; J.P. Ledeur, ed., Yves Klein: Descriptive Catalogue of Editions and Sculptures, Knokke-Zoute, 2000, p. 308 (another example illustrated); Musée d’Art Moderne, Yves Klein, La Vie, la Vie elle-même qui est l’art absolu, Nice, 2000, p. 100 (another example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay


    La Vague (IKB 160 C), was conceived in 1957 byYves Klein as a small-scale model, intended to replicate the surface of the foyer belonging to the Gelsenkirchen Opera in Germany. It was at this location where Klein was commisioned by the architectWerner Ruhnau to make large original works, which would ultimately fill the grand hall’s walls. It was because of the challenging scale and surface area that Klein was asked to create for, which led to the creation of La Vague. Klein would later create four massisve reliefs for the interior’s walls, two blue monochromes measuring 7 x 20 meters and two sponge reliefs measuring 5 by 10 meters. La Vague began with Klein creating three plaster versions of the model.The present work (IKB 160 C), of the three, was later cast in an edition. Klein used La Vague as an opportunity to continue to experiment with 3-dimensionality on the wall, giving the piece depth and movement, seperating it from a traditionally flat hanging object.

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La Vague (IKB 160 C)

1957/1990
Pigment and synthetic resin on bronze.
30 3/4 x 22 x 7 in. (78.1 x 55.9 x 17.8 cm).

This work was conceived in 1957 by Yves Klein and cast in 1990 by Jean-Paul Ledeur, Paris.This work is from an edition of eight plus two editions numbered EA and two editions numbered HC.

Estimate
$250,000 - 350,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

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