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That Blue Was Revolting


Yves Klein wrote a symphony that consisted of a single sustained chord (The Monotone Symphony), he patented a hue (International Klein Blue, immortalized online at, he used nude female models doused with paint as proxy brushes to create works of art, and he successfully sold empty spaces to art collectors in exchange for pure gold, all before he dropped dead of a heart attack at age 34 in 1962. Imagine what Klein might have accomplished if he'd lived longer. Still, his brief life as an artist was spectacular — and it's a life examined by director François Lévy Kuentz in the film Yves Klein, The Blue Revolution. An entrant in this year's International Festival of Films on Art, Blue Revolution screens at 7 p.m. this evening at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-655-5299 or René Rozon, director of the FIFA, introduces and discusses the film, which is the first of several FIFA films to screen at the Saint Louis Art Museum throughout the month of January. Tickets for Blue Revolution are $3 to $5 and include an 8 p.m. screening of The Art of Henry Moore.
Fri., Jan. 4, 2008

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