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Christo’s last intuition

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Deceased last May, Christo, the master of Land Art, had been working for years to the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Due to the pandemic, the work of art has been postponed until September 2021.

“The work of art is a scream of freedom” – So believed Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known only by the name Christo, who passed away at the age of 84 years last May. Among the most important leaders of the Land Art, the artist, born in Gabrovo (Bulgaria), was famous for his interventions on the landscape, both natural and urban. In over half a century of activity in cooperation with his partner, Jeanne-Claude, he wrapped monuments of great symbolic significance like Porta Pinciana in Rome in 1974, the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995 or the Pont Neuf in Paris on 1985. Besides, some amazing natural locations as a valley of rocky mountains in Colorado (1970-72), the islands of Biscayne Bay in Miami (1980-83) and The Floating Piers, the walkway on Iseo Lake, created in 2016 and visited by an extraordinary number of people.

Before his death, Christo had planned to «wrap» the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a work of art he had been working on for years, of which he left extensive documentation and that should have been ready for next September. Due to Coronavirus emergency, it was postponed by one year and will be therefore available from 18th September to 3rd October 2021. Moreover, from 1st July, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will host «Christo et Jeanne-Claude. Paris!», an exhibition dedicated to the artist and his wife Jeanne-Claude, whose focus will be the Parisian years of this well known couple of Land art.

Above: Preparatory studies for the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Project: Christo e Jeanne-Claude.