Takashi Murakami will be returning to Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin to show his latest collection of original works entitled Homage to Yves Klein. These new works are inspired by post-war European artist, Yves Klein, who was known for leading the Nouveau réalisme movement.
Nouveau réalisme (new realism) refers to an artistic movement founded in 1960 by the art critic Pierre Restany and the painter Yves Klein during the first collective exposition in the Apollinaire gallery in Milan. Pierre Restany wrote the original manifesto for the group, titled the "Constitutive Declaration of New Realism," in April 1960, proclaiming, "Nouveau Réalisme—new ways of perceiving the real."This joint declaration was signed on 27 October 1960, in Yves Klein's workshop, by nine people: Yves Klien, Arman, Martial Raysse, Pierre Restany,Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely and the Ultra-Lettrists, Francois Dufrêne, Raymond Hains, Jacques de la Villeglé; in 1961 these were joined by César, Mimmo Rotella, then Niki de Saint Phalle and Gérard Deschamps.
The members of the nouveaux réalistes group tended to see the world as an image from which they could take parts and incorporate them into their works—as they sought to bring life and art closer together. They declared that they had come together on the basis of a new and real awareness of their "collective singularity", meaning that they were together in spite of, or perhaps because of, their differences. But for all the diversity of their plastic language, they perceived a common basis for their work; this being a method of direct appropriation of reality, equivalent, in the terms used by Pierre Restany, to a "poetic recycling of urban, industrial and advertising reality".
These new art works are a departure from the usual super colorful and anime inspired paintings. The monochromatic paintings shows off rich textures and they are produced in various key tones. All of the works can be seen in real life from this Thursday, October 20th until next year, so there is no excuse for missing this if you are in Paris.