Christo & Jeanne Claude

Christo The Pont Neuf Wrapped / Christo And Jeanne-Claude

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Christo & Jeanne Claude

Christo The Pont Neuf Wrapped / Christo And Jeanne-Claude



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    DETAILS

  • 2 coloured offset prints on poster and cardboard. Exhibition poster Kunstmuseum Bonn and Galerie Georg Nothelfer Berlin

  • 1993/94

  • 84 x 59,5 and 82 x 65 cm

  • 1935

  • Each signiert

  • The works of the artist-couple include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile (39 km)-long artwork called Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park.

    Christo (real name: Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) b. Gabrowo, 13|06|1935; sculptor and experimental artist

    As an adolescent he was surrounded by the rattling of power looms in his father's textile factory. Fascinated by the infinity and the texture of the bales of cloth Christo made his first drawings of a material he would later use regularly. Admitted in the Academy of Arts in Sofia in 1953 he left the institution disappointed of he restricted curriculum of the communistic government only a few years later. After he flew from Bulgaria in 1957 he came to Paris, where he earned his living as a portraitist.

     

    Jeanne-Claude (real name: Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon) b. Casablanca, 13|06|1935, d. New York, 18|11|2009; sculptress and experimental artist

    She lived a privileged life. Her mother was married to an influential man, a General, Jeanne-Claude's stepfather. Her mother wanted to be portrayed. A poor artist, a refugee from a communistic dictatorship stepped into their dwelling, started painting and fell in love ... with her sister! And Jeanne Claude? She had other plans. She married but already broke up after the honeymoon because she was secretly pregnant by Christo who already broke up with her sister a few weeks before. Well, what a scandal! 

    Christo (1995): "no, no there was no division - we did everything together, even the ideas". They made their first co-work in 1961. Together they disguised barrels they found in the harbour of Cologne - a practice Christo already used in 1958 when he disguised paint tins. 1964 Christo & Jeanne-Claude moved to New York where they continued with their disguising project. After participating at documenta IV in 1968 their projects became bigger and bigger, huge landscape-projects e.g. at the Australian shore or in a valley of the Rocky Mountains. Further more they attracted attention by disguising buildings like Pont Neuf in Paris or the Reichstag building in Berlin. (CD)

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, an artistic duo and a married couple, working together since 1961. Both born in 1935, Christo in the Bulgarian Gabrovo, Jeanne-Claude in Casablanca (died in 2009). He was educated at the Fine Arts Academy in Sophia, later also at the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts (1953-57), while she obtained her degree in philosophy and Latin at the University in Tunis. They met in 1958 in Paris, at the beginning of the 60s they began a collaboration on packages and wrapped objects, a practice which became their hallmark to date. Their site-specific installations are considered seminal to environmental art, land art and post-minimalism, not to mention their role as a challenge for contemporary sculpture. Christos' œuvre includes not only realized projects, but also photomontages and sketches, which stay for their unrealized or yet impossible concepts as with the Museum of American Art and other buildings in New York, which were supposed to be the first wrapped buildings. Instead, it was the Kunsthalle Bern in 1968 that got total package during the exhibition "12 Environments". In the same year, they participated at the Documenta in Kassel. Although most of their pieces are characterized by exceptional monumentality, it is not an obstacle to them being included in the most important collections of contemporary art all over the world.

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