With the Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Paris exhibition scheduled from March 18 to June 15, 2020, Centre Pompidou wants to highlight the work of the 83-year old contemporary artist who planned to wrap the Arc de Triomphe from April 6 to 19, 2020.
We must say that Christo and Jeanne-Claude (his now late wife) got famous in the 60’s with their rather crazy installations consisting in wrapping monuments all over the world, the Sydney Wrapped Coast in 1968-69, the Central Park Gates in 2005, The London Mastaba, Hyde Park, London in 2016-2018 and even the Pont-Neuf in Paris in 1985…
This exhibition plans to promote works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude made between 1958 and 1964 just after their meeting.
We must say that the 7 following their meeting will be critical for Christo and Jeanne-Claud. They imagine then many crazy projects such as wrapping Paris Ecole Militaire in 1961, wrapping the statue Louis XIII on the Place des Vosges. They speak about wrapping the Pont Alexandre III in 1972 as well as the Iron Curtain (1962), a Wall made of barrels of oil to criticize the construction of the Berlin Wall… These projects stay on the drawing board, but Christo will manage to wrap the Pont Neuf in 1985.
Besides these unknown studio works such as Cratères, materialistic paintings influenced by Jean Dubuffet, the Surfaces d’Empaquetage, the Wrapped Cans and Bottles as well as an exceptional selection of wrapped objects and the very first Show Cases, Show Windows and Store Fronts, works said to be displayed at Centre Pompidou.
We’re looking forward to it!
From 18 March 2020 to 15 June 2020
75004 Paris 4
Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"