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In conjunction with the exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, Dominique Lévy will present New York City's first public performance of Yves Klein's Monotone-Silence Symphony. The work unfolds over 40 minutes. 70 musicians and singers will hold a single continuous tone for a 20-minute period. The performers then will remain frozen and motionless in observance of a 20-minute period of absolute silence.
Monotone-Silence Symphony was performed only once during Klein's lifetime as part of the happening Anthropometries de l'époque bleue at the Galerie internationale d'art contemporain in Paris, March 9, 1960. Klein conducted a small group of musicians as they played his symphony and directed three nude models – his “living brushes” – in the creation of his Anthropometry paintings. Reflecting on his experience of sound in his symphony, Klein wrote, “This continuous sound... emerged from space even while remaining in it, penetrated it anew, then returned to silence... deprived of its attack and of its conclusion.... It was silence – an audible presence!”
Exhibition opening at 6 pm: Dominique Lévy, 909 Madison Avenue.
Performance of Monotone-Silence Symphony at 8 pm: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue.
Image: Yves Klein at the Gelsenkirchen Opera House, Germany. Winter 1959. Photo by Charles Wilp. © Yves Klein, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2013 / Courtesy Dominique Lévy, New York.
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