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Colour after Klein

Re-Thinking Colour in Modern and Contemporary Art

Installation of Colour After Klein at the Barbican

Yves Klein famously claimed the blue sky as his first artwork, Andy Warhol described love as a pink cake...

A groundbreaking exhibition that took the visitor on a sensual, thought-provoking journey, Colour After Klein reassessed the powerful and important place of colour in contemporary art, offering a fresh way of experiencing iconic works of painting, installation, photography and sculpture by some of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st century. Louise Bourgeois, William Eggleston, Andy Warhol and Anish Kapoor were shown together with a younger generation of artists including Pipilotti Rist and Anri Sala. 

Starting with an important group of Yves Klein paintings, the exhibition highlighted colour’s relationship to desire, the body and utopias. Colour After Klein wasn’t about colour rules or theory. Instead, it took pleasure in the rapport between the aesthetic and the conceptual, and the emotive responses colour arouses.


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Curated by the Barbican


Bas Jan Ader, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys, Sophie Calle, William Eggleston, Spencer Finch, Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, James Lee Byars, Bruce Nauman, Helio Oiticicia, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, James Turrell, Andy Warhol