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Receipt for an invisible artwork

Receipt for an invisible artwork

This is image of a receipt for an invisible artwork by French artist Yves Klein, issued in 1959, is expected to fetch somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 euros when it goes for auction in France. An important figure in post-war European art, Klein was a member of the Nouveau Réaliste movement that began in France in the 1950s. One of the pioneers of performance art, in 1958, Klein opened an exhibition called “The Void” at Galerie Iris Clert in Paris which saw him place a large cabinet in an empty room. The collectors were given an opportunity to purchase a work from the non-existent conceptual series in return for pure gold. They were also given a choice — either to keep their receipt or burn them in a ritual. For those who chose to burn them, Klein also dumped half of the gold he was paid for the work into the Seine River. Klein described the imaginary spaces as “Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility”.

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