Private View: Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace



Scattered among the sumptuous scenery of Oxfordshire’s Blenheim Palace are bolts of shocking blue: the tell-tale signature of French artist Yves Klein’s lifetime obsession with a remarkable hue that he himself mixed and owned. From pure color-fields to coated objects and paintings, this powerful pigment contrasts creatively with the array of deep, rich, and glittering colors within the landmark property which has, as the Blenheim Art Foundation, exhibited work by the likes of Ai Wei Wei, Jenny Holzer, and Michelangelo Pistoletto.

Produced in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives, the exhibition coincides with what would have been the artist’s ninetieth birthday year. Combining archive footage and exhibition shots, the film—shot by Mike Nybroe—takes us on a deep dive into the ultramarine world of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic artists, and is scored by Klein’s own Monotone-Silence Symphony.

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