Christo and Jeanne-Claude Exhibition

Oct. 08 [Fri.] ― Oct. 30 [Sat.] 2021 11:00-19:00
Gallery closed on Sunday, Monday, and national holidays.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project, which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis despite being planned for April 2020, will be completed on Saturday, September 18th, on display for 16 days until Sunday, October 3rd, after which it will be removed.

Christo, whose death arrived suddenly in New York on May 31 last year, developed a large-scale environmental art around the world with his wife Jeanne-Claude (died November 18, 2009 in New York).

"L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped" project was conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1961, and is finally realized after 60 years. In collaboration with the Center Pompidou, the Center for Cultural Properties of France and the City of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of bluish silver polypropylene fabric and 3,000 meters of red rope.

From the early 1960s to the later years, 35 works including rare collages, objets and prints will be exhibited in this exhibition.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2020, 1935-2009)
Christo (1935-2020)was born in Bulgaria as Христо Явашев, Christo Vladimirov Javachev. He and his wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (born 1935 in Morocco) are active as the unit Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Together, they "wrap" things.
They began by wrapping daily objects like tables and chairs, then wrapped enormous monuments, and now, mimicing architecture, wrap natural landscapes and parks in huge cloths. These ambitious "wrappings" require long periods of planning, huge resources of manpower and finance, and once complete are deconstructed after a short time, leaving only records of planning records, prints, and drawings. The process, including business, logistics, human interactions, is something that Christo and Jeanne-Claude regard together as their "work".