ICE Public Event: 22nd February 2017

In Conversation about Yves Klein

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Creative Edge Building, Edge Hill University
6.30pm – 8.00pm

Tate Liverpool and Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) present a public event to discuss the Tate exhibition ‘YVES KLEIN‘, with guest speaker Darren Pih, curator at Tate Liverpool.

Watch the conversation here: YouTube

Yves Klein is considered a major figure in post-war European art. He was the leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau Réalisme founded in 1960 by art critic Pierre Restany. Klein was a pioneer in the development of performance art, and is seen as an inspiration to, and as a forerunner of, Minimal art, as well as Pop art.

Yves Klein - Untitled blue monochrome, 1959 [Tate Liverpool]

Yves Klein – Untitled blue monochrome, (IKB 79) 1959 [Tate Liverpool]

“IKB 79 was one of nearly two hundred blue monochrome paintings Yves Klein made during his short life. He began making monochromes in 1947, considering them to be a way of rejecting the idea of representation in painting and therefore of attaining creative freedom.

The letters IKB stand for International Klein Blue, a distinctive ultramarine which Klein registered as a trademark colour in 1957. He considered that this colour had a quality close to pure space and he associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched.”  Sophie Howarth, April 2000

Edge Hill University has an ongoing partnership with Tate Liverpool, providing students and staff with free admission to its world-class exhibition programme (more information below) and facilitating a number of academic and creative collaborations.  As part of this, Edge Hill is the principal sponsor of this year’s major Yves Klein exhibition.

The ICE In Conversation event will be complemented by a screening of ‘Martial Art‘, produced at TATE Exchange Exchange by Edge Hill University’s Animators, and by a celebration of Concurrent#3, an Edge Hill University TATE Exchange project, 19th – 25th February 2017.  The events will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus with registration from 6.00pm, followed by a reception in Creative Edge at 8.00pm for attendees, participants and performers.

Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017

6.00pm Registration and Refreshments
6.30pm Event Start
8.00pm Refreshments, Networking and Performance in foyer

Venue: Creative Edge (building 25 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration: closed.

DarrenDarren Pih, Curator, TATE Liverpool.  Darren has been part of the exhibitions team at Tate Liverpool since 2006. His curated exhibitions include ‘Transmitting Andy Warhol’ and ‘Gretchen Bender’ (2014-5), which ran concurrently and traced how artists from different generations have responded to the possibilities of mass media; commissions including ‘Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist’ (2014) with new works providing ‘twisted’ interpretations of mid-century Western figurative painting through the optic of Japanese Butoh; and ‘Moyra Davey: Hangmen of England’ (2013); ‘Glam! The Performance of Style’ (2013-4, touring to Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz) which traced the migration of performance and fine art ideas to the front face of popular culture and style in the 1970s; René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle’ (2011-2, touring to the Albertina, Vienna), a major exhibition emphasising Magritte’s influence on pop, neo-dada and conceptual art. Other exhibitions include ‘Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life, Vienna 1900’ (2008); and ‘Turner Prize ‘07’; and ‘Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool and the Avant-Garde’ (2007). Darren has published numerous essays for exhibition catalogues and online, and is part of a small team curating the rolling programme of Tate collection displays. He previously worked at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and at Camden Arts Centre, London.

As part of the partnership with Tate Liverpool, Edge Hill University supports the current Yves Klein exhibition:


21 OCTOBER 2016 – 5 MARCH 2017
A major figure of post war art, Yves Klein (1928–1962) is renowned for his dazzling monochrome paintings and for pioneering new attitudes on the relationship between art and life.  This will be the first UK exhibition in over twenty years, exploring in-depth the full range of his work.  READ MORE…

FREE ENTRY Tickets for Edge Hill Students and Staff:  
Download and print the PDF ticket and you can get free entry to Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain or the newly-extended Tate Modern as well as 10% off in the café and shop. Admits 1 with student/staff ID.  Passes can be used all year.

19 – 25 FEBRUARY 2017
Concurrent is an improvisation research network of leading musicians, dancers, visual artists, dance and music psychologists and arts therapists from across the UK.  In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh the Department of Performing Arts at Edge Hill University will bring a week of innovative Concurrent performances, workshops and discussions on improvisation to Tate Liverpool in February under their Tate Exchange programme. READ MORE…

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