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Background Information about Christo
The world from Christo’s perspective: a veiled globe rests upon the back of a reclining person; the Eurasian land mass appears underneath a thin foil; on the subject’s back is a mysterious tattoo, just below the globe.
This collage is an elaborate, handmade work by the artist Christo. He used a photo of a globe from the 1960s, wrapping it in translucent foil, and binding it with thin threads. The motif is surrounded by masking tape and cardboard, materials that the artist often liked to use. Included is a grid for locating the world within the work, and numbers on the sides for measurement and order.
The handwritten title of his work is WRAPPED GLOBE (EURASIAN HEMISPHERE). With this title he draws a direct link to an earlier work he completed for Time Magazine in 1989, which portrayed another covered globe, veiling the American continent with dark threads.
Christo's works are an expression of transience and elegance. They make the essential visible, and challenge the viewer's gaze.
The edition Wrapped Globe, limited in number, is personally signed and numbered by the artist.
Wrapped Trees III
Beautifully wrapped trees
In mid-November 1998, after the trees had shed their leaves, the celebrated artist duo composed of Christo and his artistic partner and wife Jeanne-Claude embarked on their impressive project Wrapped Trees in the grounds of the Fondation Beyeler. More than 170 trees in the gardens and the adjacent field were wrapped, using some 65,000 square yards of polyester fabric and 14 miles of rope.
The print Wrapped Trees III documents the planning phase of the project for the Fondation Beyeler and Beyeler Park in Riehen. Christo and Jeanne-Claude first became known after aligning themselves with the Nouveaux Réalistes, although they were never official members of the group. They made their breakthrough with projects that saw them wrapping buildings, industrial objects, and famous works of architecture such as the Reichstag in Berlin.
Art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude is unmistakable, 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 emphasizing”, Christo explained.
Although the installations are temporary, they do leave some lasting legacies: sketches and collages of the projects, ably drafted 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 unrealized. Complete with labels and plans, the sketch provides an insight into both the fountain and the planned, wrapped artwork. Another project, also unrealized, is presented in the lithograph “Wrapped Building, Project for #1 Times Square”.
In an interview with 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.
In 1995, the pair wrapped Germany’s parliament building, the Berlin Reichstag. The project drew over five million visitors, making it one of the most-visited pieces of contemporary art in the world.
|June 13, 1935||Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria|
|1953 - 1957||Studied Art in Sofia, Bulgaria and Paris, France|
|2020||Died at home in New York City, USA|
Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon
|1935||Born in Casablanca, Morocco|
|1952||Studied Latin and Philosophy at the University of Tunis, Tunisia|
|2009||Died in New York City, USA|
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
|1958||Jeanne-Claude and Christo met in Paris in 1958|
|1961||First collaboration: “Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages”, Cologne Harbor, Germany|
|1962||In the early collaboration “Iron Curtain”, Christo and Jean-Claude block off a Paris street with several dozen oil barrels, a gesture meant to evoke the Berlin Wall.|
|1968||“5,600 Cubicmeter Package”, documenta IV, Kassel, Germany|
|1969||“Wrapped Coast” Little Bay, New South Wales, Australia|
|1972||“Valley Curtain”, Rifle, Colorado, USA|
|1983||“Surrounded Islands”, Biscayne Bay, Florida, USA|
|1985||“The Pont Neuf Wrapped”, Paris, France|
|1995||“Wrapped Reichstag”, Berlin, Germany|
|2016||“Floating Piers”, Lake Iseo, Lombardy, Italy|
|2014||Theodor Heuss Award from the Theodor Heuss Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany|
|2007||Outstanding Achievement in Public Art, Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations, USA|
|2005||Doris Freedman Award, New York City, USA|
|2004||Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, New Jersey, USA|
|2003||National Arts Award, New York City, USA|
|1996||Award for Distinction in Sculpture, Sculpture Center, New York City, USA|
|1987||Kaiserring – Goslar City Art Award, Germany|
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany
|2013||OP + POP, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany|
|2012||Poesie der Reduktion – Minimal, Concept, Land Art, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria|
|2004||Christo and Jeanne-Claude from the Roof: “The Gates” Project in Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA|
|2003||Approaching Objects, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, USA|
|2001||Christo und Jeanne-Claude, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany|
|1998||Premises – Invested Spaces in Visual Arts, Architecture and Design from France, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, USA|
|1997||Deep Storage – Arsenale der Erinnerung, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany|
|1987||Christo – Surrounded Islands, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium|
|1984||Christo – Arbeiten zum Surrounded-Islands-Projekt, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany|
|1978||La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy|
|1977||documenta VI, Kassel, Germany|
|Christo - The Running Fence, Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany|
|1972||documenta V, Kassel, Germany|
|1968||documenta IV, Kassel, Germany|
|Christo Wraps the Museum, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA|
|1966||Christo – Storefront, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, USA|