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Lévy Gorvy is pleased to present Yves Klein’s groundbreaking Monotone-Silence Symphony, a bold work by the acclaimed artist primarily known for his monochrome paintings and metaphysical explorations. Performed only once during Klein’s brief lifetime, this extraordinary piece will be mounted for the first time in San Francisco, in partnership with the landmark Grace Cathedral and in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives, for the public to attend. Online partner Artsy will also share the event with a broad, global audience.

A transcendent and moving experience, Monotone-Silence Symphony was described by the artist as “one unique continuous ‘sound,’ drawn out and deprived of its beginning and of its end, creating a feeling of vertigo and of aspiration outside of time.” The work unfolds over minutes, as a group of musicians and singers holds a single continuous tone for a twenty-minute period, followed by twenty minutes of absolute silence. Klein originally conceived of the work with two friends on a beach in the South of France, around 194748, about the same time that John Cage was working on 4’33”, another innovative musical composition incorporating silence and ambient sound. Klein performed the piece with a small orchestra and chorus in Paris in 1960, although he never realized the work at the full scale he desired before his death two years later at the age of thirty-four.

The gallery is honored to have presented the first performance of the Monotone-Silence Symphony in the United States in conjunction with the exhibition Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, in New York in 2013. The upcoming performance in San Francisco will mark the third American staging of the symphony, on the heels of its presentation this past September at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Petr Kotik, who conducted the performance at the National Gallery of Art, will also lead the performance at Grace Cathedral.

Monotone-Silence Symphony will be presented free to the public. Seating is limited and reservations for the performance will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP here.

PRESS CONTACT

Michelle Finocchi, michelle@michellefinocchi.com, +1 973-452-3283
Andrea Schwan, andrea@andreaschwan.com, + 1 917-371-5023

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Selected Works

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  • Enrico Castellani
    Superficie blu no. 30
    1965
    Acrylic on canvas
    19 11/16 x 19 11/16 inches (50 x 50 cm)

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  • Kazuo Shiraga
    T32
    1962
    Oil on canvas
    31 x 43 inches (78.7 x 109.2 cm)

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  • Tony Smith
    Tau
    1961/1968
    Vaporized Steel
    23 x 35 x 19 inches (58 x 88 x 51 cm)

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  • Yves Klein
    Untitled Blue Monochrome
    1960
    Dry pigment and synthetic resin on fabric laid down on panel
    25 1/4 x 19 1/8 inches (64 x 48.5 cm)

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  • Josef Albers
    Study for Homage to the Square
    1961
    Oil on aluminum
    19 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches (50.5 x 50.5 cm)

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  • Joel Shapiro
    Untitled
    1990
    Oil on wood
    9 1/4 x 8 7/8 x 6 3/4 inches (23.5 x 22.5 x 17.1 cm)

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  • Yves Klein
    Untitled Pink Sponge Sculpture (SE 204)
    1959
    Dry pigment and synthetic resin on natural sponge, metal stem, and stone base
    15 1/4 inches (38.5 cm) high

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Video

Yves Klein’s Monotone Silence Symphony in San Francisco

March 27, 2017

On January 12, 2017 at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, Lévy Gorvy presented the third U.S performance of Yves Klein's groundbreaking Monotone-Silence Symphony.

Over one thousand people were present to experience this moving and transcendent work, which unfolds as an orchestra of musicians and singers holds a single continuous tone for a twenty-minute period, followed by twenty minutes of absolute silence.

With thanks to Grace Cathedral and online partner Artsy. Video by Slow Clap Productions.

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