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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Wrap, Pack, Stack

Collection Viewpoint

July 3 - October 3, 2021

Hours:
10:30-16:00 (last admission 15:30)
Closed:
Mondays (except Aug. 9, Sep. 20), Aug. 10, Sep. 21
Organizer:
DIC Corporation

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  • Elem / JH / HS ¥400

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Outline

Christo (1935-2020) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) were active as a couple, as the artistic unit Christo and Jeanne-Claude, undertaking grand-scale projects around the world. They were particularly known for projects in which they wrapped buildings with sheet-like material and cord.

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Christo, Whitney Museum of American Art, Packed, Project for New York, 1971
71.0×55.8cm, lithograph and collage with fabric, twine, thread, staple and polyethylene on paper
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude, 5,600 Cubicmeter Package, documenta IV, Kassel, 1967-68, 1968
69.7×54.5cm, screenprint on paper
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

A native of Bulgaria, Christo attended National Academy of Art in Sofia, where he studied a wide range of courses in painting, sculpture, architecture and decorative art. After fleeing in exile to Vienna in 1957, he went on to Geneva, the next year and then to Zurich, where he began making “wrapped objects” consisting of things like cans and bottles wrapped in fabric. That same year he moved to Paris, where he made a living taking orders for portraits, which was how he met Jeanne-Claude, the daughter of one of his clients. As fate would have it, the two found they shared the same birthdate, June 13, 1935, and before long they decided to spend their lives together.

From the year 1961, together they were conceiving a diverse range of projects, which they were funding with money from the sales of scale models, collages, etc. that Christo created during the project conception process. The Christo works in the Museum’s collection are such pieces created to raise money to fund their projects.

The special exhibit this time introduces a group of 16 works from the Museum’s collection. Among them is a work from the early conceptual stage of the project L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped that is planned for this autumn in Paris and ones from the idea stage of projects that never saw the light of day. We take this opportunity to display works showing images of the idealized completion of a variety of grand-scale Christo and Jeanne-Claude projects along with outlines of the concepts behind them.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Iron Curtain-Wall of Oil Barrels, Rue Visconti, Paris, 1961-62, 1968
69.7×54.5cm, screenprint on paper
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
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Christo, Edifice Public Empaqueté, Project (Arc de Triomphe, Paris), 1968
54.5×69.7cm, screenprint on paper
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

All works © ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2021  G2533