Judo and Yves Klein’s Leap into the Void

Yves Klein throws an opponent into the void.

Yves Klein throws an opponent into the void.

Before the leap into the void, Klein was an accomplished practitioner of Judo. His achievement of a fourth degree blackbelt at the age of 25 was a highly unusual accomplishment for a Westerner at that time.

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Tarpaulin and photomontage aside, it is difficult not to believe that this training was incorporated into his “Leap Into the Void” four years after the publication of this issue of a French popular science magazine featured a 9 page article about Judo with black and white illustrations, some of which feature Klein.

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The cover of the journal is also illustrated with a color photograph of Klein holding his opponent in the void.

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