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", which had been postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis despite being planned for April 2020, was completed on Saturday, September 18th, on display for 16 days until Sunday, October 3rd, after which it has been 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" 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 was 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 was born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He left Bulgaria in 1956, first to Prague, Czechoslovakia, and then escaped to Vienna, Austria, in 1957, then moved to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1958, Christo went to Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, not only his wife but life partner in the creation of monumental environmental works of art. Jeanne-Claude passed away on November 18, 2009. Christo died on May 31, 2020 at his home in New York City, where he lived for over 50 years.
From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Some of their work included Wrapped Coast near Sydney (1968–69), Valley Curtain in Colorado (1970–72), Running Fence in California (1972–76), Surrounded Islands in Miami (1980–83), The Pont Neuf Wrapped in Paris (1975–85), The Umbrellas in Japan and California (1984–91), Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin (1971–95), The Gates in New York's Central Park (1979–2005), The Floating Piers at Italy's Lake Iseo (2014–16), and The London Mastaba on London's Serpentine Lake (2016–18).

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