Go 'Into the Blue' with Yves Klein at Friday's Walker After Hours preview party

​If you love the color blue, or more specifically, the color International Klein Blue, then tomorrow night is your chance to revel in the beauty of your favorite hue at the Walker After Hours Party: Into the Blue. 

The evening's festivities will celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, "Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers," with music, photo booth snapshots, art projects, and the chance to see Klein's work up close before the rest of the Twin Cities.

A self-proclaimed painter of space, Klein managed to turn heads and make lasting impressions with his wide array of work during his short-lived career from 1954 to 1962. As an artist, Klein set no boundaries on his visions, moving forward using inspiration from sculpture, music, painting, theater, photography, film, prose, and more. You name it, he used it to his advantage, heralding many post-war avant-garde movements. 

​From minimal, to conceptual, to performance art, during his eight-year career Klein looked to re-shape and re-envision reality in a more spiritual and aesthetic way, instead of only materialistic. 

Klein also focused on the spirituality of pure color and even invented his own shade, called International Klein Blue, which can be prominently seen throughout the exhibit.

The "Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers" exhibit is the first major collection of Klein's work on display in the United States in 30 years, and includes around 200 pieces, from sculptures, to photos, to drawings, to paintings. 

The exhibit will be on display October 23 through February 13, 2011. Tickets for tomorrow night's blue-themed Walker After Hours preview party are $35 or $20 for members. 

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