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Art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude is unmistakeable, whether it entails wrapping up the German Reichstag or creating floating, pink fabric borders for Floridian islands. When these artists cover monuments with their fabric, they create entirely unique sights. “It’s not about hiding, it’s about emphasising”, Christo explains.
 
Although the installations are temporary, they do leave some lasting legacies: Sketches and collages of the projects, drafted ably by Christo, tell the story of these remarkable visions. The ideas at the heart of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work reappear before our eyes.

The project “Wrapped Fountain”, planned for La Fontana de Jujol in Barcelona’s Plaza d'Espana, was conceived in 1979. The collage dates from the year 2009, but the project remains unrealised. Complete with labels and plans, the sketch provides an insight into both the fountain and the planned, wrapped artwork. Another project, also unrealised, is presented in the lithograph “Wrapped Building, Project for #1 Times Square”.

In an interview with the German magazine, Die Zeit, Christo described the theory behind the wrapping: “Our artwork mirrors reality, that’s why I am so fascinated by it. We are showing real life, but are not doing this in a museum or on a stage. Our projects are not theatrical performances.” The unique artistic ability and extraordinary impact of the duo’s work shines through, even in the sketches. The monumental structures appear bold yet delicate.

Jeanne-Claude and Christo met in Paris in 1958. In 1995, the pair wrapped Germany’s parliament building, the Berlin Reichstag, and the project drew over 5 million visitors, making it one of the most-visited pieces of contemporary art in the world.

Hannah Hör
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff
1935Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria
1953 - 1957Studied Art in Sofia, Bulgaria and Paris, France
Lives and works in New York City, USA


Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon
1935Born in Casablanca, Morocco
1952Studied Latin and Philosophy at the University of Tunis, Tunisia
2009

Died in New York City, USA



Christo & Jeanne-Claude

1961First collaboration: “Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages”, Cologne Harbor, Germany
1968“5,600 Cubicmeter Package”, documenta IV, Kassel, Germany
1983“Surrounded Islands”, Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA
1985“The Pont Neuf Wrapped”, Paris, France
1995“Wrapped Reichstag”, Berlin, Germany


Awards (Selection)

2014Theodor Heuss Award from the Theodor Heuss Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany
2007Outstanding Achievement in Public Art, Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations, USA
2005Doris Freedman Award, New York City, USA
2004Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA
2003National Arts Award, New York City, USA
1996Award for Distinction in Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York City, USA
1987Kaiserring – Goslar City Art Award, Germany


Collections (Selection)

Tate Britain, London, UK
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects. Jörg Schellmann (Ed.) and Matthias Koddenberg, New York, 2013.

Christo and Jeanne Claude. Christo and Paul Goldberger, Cologne, 2010.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence. Brian O’Doherty et al., Berkeley, 2010.

Christo und Jeanne Claude. Grenzverlegung der Utopie. Werner Spies, Berlin, 2010.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Wrapped Reichstag Berlin 1971 - 1995. Christo et al., Cologne, 1996.

Christo und Jeanne-Claude. Der Reichstag und Urbane Projekte. Jacob Baal-Teshuva (Ed.), Munich, 1995.

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