Christo and Jeanne-Claude Life=Works=Projects
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude have wrapped the oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont-Neuf, with sparkling beige fabric, planted fields of blossoming yellow and blue umbrellas in the hills of California and countryside of Japan, and wrapped the Reichstag (the parliament of the old German Empire) in Berlin with silver fabric. Their projects are often based on unyielding concepts, requiring long periods of time to convince people before advancing to completion. Their project in February 2005, where they erected 7503 saffron-colored gates in New York’s Central Park just in time for spring, is fresh in our memories. This installation, too, was realized only after negotiations that lasted over 20 years.
In this exhibition, we will present drawings that show the trajectory of their activities, as well as photographs and documentary videos of their projects, in order to observe the process of bringing colossal projects to reality, and the passion and hope that lies at their foundations. While Jeanne-Claude sadly passed away on November 18, 2009, Christo continues to this day to proceed with the realization of various projects that they envisioned together. The exhibition will also introduce. Some ongoing projects such as Over The River, project for the State of Colorado, and The Mastaba, project for the United Arab Emirates.
This exhibition stems from the long friendship between Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Issey Miyake, and has been put together through the planning of Masahiko Yanagi, who was involved with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects for 25 years. Through this exhibition, we will create an opportunity for people to experience their LIFE=WORKS=PROJECTS, replete with surprise and powerful emotion.
[Image: “Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95” by Wolfgang Volz © Christo]
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT reflects the achievements of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's epic public art projects.
The Japan Times Online 3/12
by Donald Eubank
"Each of the couple's projects has similarly acted as a way for the artists to engage with the world — just as often on a very personal scale as on a grand one — and find out what is necessary to make their massive plans realities"
Interview text: In a lively conversation that hardly needed my prompting, Christo revealed the complex paths that led to iconic artworks such as the “Wrapped Reichstag” (1971-1995) and “Surrounded Islands, Miami, Florida” (1980-83):