“Just an adolescent in 1946, I went to sign my name on the underside of the sky during a fantastic 'realistico-imaginary' journey. That day, as I lay on the beach at Nice, I began to hate the birds which occasionally flew in my pure, unclouded blue sky, because they tried to bore holes in my greatest and more beautiful work.”
Excerpt from “Chelsea Hotel Manifesto,” in Overcoming the Problematics of Art: The Writings of Yves Klein, trans. Klaus Ottmann, 199.
Yves Klein, Le ciel au-dessus de Nice [The Sky Above Nice], published in ZERO, 1961. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Courtesy Yves Klein Archives