CHRISTO died on May 31, 2020
STATEMENT ON CHRISTO May 31, 2020
Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, passed away of natural causes today, on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City. He was 84 years old.
Statement from Christo's office: "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork brought people together in shared experiences across the globe, and their work lives on in our hearts and memories.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths. Per Christo’s wishes, 'L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped' in Paris, France, is still on track for September 18 – October 3, 2021."
Christo was born on June 13, 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He left Bulgaria in 1957, first to Prague, Czechoslovakia, and then escaped to Vienna, Austria, 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 lived in New York City for 56 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, Little Bay in Sydney, Australia (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 (1972–95) or 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).
Christo's temporary work of art in Paris, France, titled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de l'Étoile), is scheduled for September 18–October 3, 2021. Additionally, a major exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou about Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work and time in Paris will be on view this year, from July 1–October 19, 2020.
In a 1958 letter Christo wrote, 'Beauty, science and art will always triumph.' We hold those words closely today.
shares thoughts on projects past and present === with Jonathan Bastable in Christie's Magazine: "We haven't ever proposed anything impossible. But when we start, we don't know how we are going to realize the concept ... That is the most exciting part. It would be foolish of us to do something that we already know — so boring and unnecessary. I am nearly 83 and still in good health, knocking on wood. And I love that life is full of things that I don't know how to do."
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Noch bis zum 28. Oktober zeigt das Forum Würth Chur Bilder, Skulpturen und Fotografien des weltbekannten Künstlerpaars #Christo und #Jeanne-#Claude. Darüber hinaus gibt es eine #Lecture mit #Christo ... sowie spezielle Führungen und thematisch passende Gestaltungsworks. https://wurth-international.com
christo in berlin + paris === https://www.dw.com/de/christo-ausstellungen-berlin-beginnt-paris-verschiebt ... 0705 via dw
christo in london === https://www.monopol-magazin.de/christo-london-mastaba-schwimmt-im-hyde-park
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Today Serpentine Galleries opens an exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude artworks using barrels. The exhibition includes sculptures, drawings, collages and photographs spanning more than 60 years. On view June 19 to September 9, 2018 with Bloomberg Philanthropies support.
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