Christo Vladimirov Javacheff (1935–2020) and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (1935–2009), known as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, were artists noted for their large-scale, site-specific environmental installations, often large landmarks and landscape elements wrapped in fabric, including the Wrapped Reichstag, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Running Fence in California, and The Gates in New York City’s Central Park.
‘ I am an artist who is totally irrational ‘
Bulgarian-born artist Christo has spent his life extraordinary artworks, collaborating with his wife Jeanne-Claude until her death in 2009.
In 1957, Christo attended one semester at Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before eventually landing in Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude in 1958.
He had already begun wrapping objects, such as furniture and oil drums, and they began working together in 1961.
Christo had lived and worked in the same bulding in New York since 1964.
‘We have everything in that building, it’s like our brand and our story of the projects, all the projects,they start here’
Christo and Jeanne-Claude,1976
The artists insisted that their ambitious projects were about “joy and beauty.”
The artists envisioned wrapping L’arc de Triomphe
‘I will not do anything in Paris except wrapping the Arc de Triomphe.’
All these projects, they are not painting or sculpture. They are close to architecture and urban planning.
We don’t know about prices. Jeanne-Claude (His wife) always used to say :
‘ It will cost how much it will cost.’’
“The world can live without these things,” Christo says, “We like to have them. When they appear for a few days they carry this tremendous freedom of irresponsibility.“
‘On all of our projects I will be there, Jeanne-Claude and myself like to be there all the time.
It will be gone, I will never see it again and that is the magnetic force of our projects.
They are not nothing that stays. And that urgency to be seen, to be there…
You cannot own it, you cannot buy it, it’s free. And they carry that incredible presence of time that cannot be banalized.