Christo

Works of art

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped", Schellmann 161

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped"

(Project for Cologne Germany)

Lithographie und Collage 1980/92

56 x 71 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage ca. 200 Exemplare

Schellmann 161

[24292]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Sylvette", Schellmann 59

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Sylvette"

(Project for Picasso's Sylvette at Washington Square Village, New York)

Farblicht- und Farbsiebdruck, Collage und Fotografie (Stadtplan) 1972

65 x 50 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 165 Exemplare

Schellmann 59

[20719]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Lower Manhattan Wrapped Building", Schellmann 118

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Lower Manhattan Wrapped Building"

Project for # 2 Broadway, New York

Lithographie und Collage 1984

71 x 56 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 152 Exemplare

Schellmann 118

[24284]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Trees", Schellmann 133

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Trees"

Project for the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Lithographie und Collage 1987

71 x 56,5 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 285 Exemplare

Schellmann 133

[24286]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Telephone" (Project for Telephone), Schellmann 137

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Telephone" (Project for Telephone)

aus "Galeria Joan Prats 1976 - 1988 - Carpeta commemorativa 12. aniversari"

Lithographie mit Collage 1988

56 x 38 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 209 Exemplare

Schellmann 137

[24349]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Horse", Schellmann 141

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Horse"

(Project for Neo-Dada, Wrapped Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris)

Farbsieb- und Lichtdruck mit collagiertem Farbfoto und Klebeband 1989

76 x 58 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 140 Exemplare

Schellmann 141

[20718]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "The Ponte Sant' Angelo, Wrapped", Schellmann 143

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"The Ponte Sant' Angelo, Wrapped"

Project for Rome

Lithographie mit Collage 1989

71 x 55,5 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 259 Exemplare

Schellmann 143

[24287]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped", Schellmann 144

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped"

Project for Paris

Collage 1989

71 x 55,5 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 259 Exemplare

Schellmann 144

[24290]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Opera House", Schellmann 155

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Opera House"

(Project for Sydney)

Lithographie mit Collage 1991

77 x 63 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 190 Exemplare

Schellmann 155

[24294]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Trees", Schellmann 160

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Trees"

Project for the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris

Lithographie und Collage 1992

69,5 x 74,8 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 160 Exemplare

Schellmann 160

[24296]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Motorcycle/Side Car", Schellmann 176

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Motorcycle/Side Car"

(Project for Harley Davidson 1933 VL Model)

Lithographie mit Collage 1997

47,4 x 55,5 cm

sign. num. bez.

Auflage 208 Exemplare

Schellmann 176

[24376]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Building", Schellmann 187

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Building"

(Project for # 1 Times Square, 42 Street and Broadway, New York City

Lithographie und Siebdruck mit Collage 2003

78 x 59,5 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 260 Exemplare

Schellmann 187

[24037]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Vespa", Schellmann 201

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Vespa"

(Project 1963 - 1964)

Papiercollage und digitaler Pigmentdruck 2009

30,5 x 30,5 cm

sign. num.

Auflage 290 Exemplare

Schellmann 201

[24190]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude, "Wrapped Automobile",  noch nicht bei Schellmann

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

(geb. 1935 Gabrowo) (Casablanca 1935 – 2009 NY)

"Wrapped Automobile"

(Project for 1960 Studebaker Champion Series 9 G Coupe)

Lithographie mit Collage 2015

43 x 53,2 cm

sign. num. dat.

Auflage 200 Exemplare

noch nicht bei Schellmann

[24093]


Biografie

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were both born on 13 June 1935 and are among the most popular artist couples of the twentieth century. Jeanne-Claude died in New York City in 2009.

They received international recognition for their jointly conceived wrapping actions, mostly of landscapes or architecture. Christo took over the artistic part, while Jeanne-Claude was an excellent organiser for the often-painstaking detail work of years of preparation. Nevertheless, they always made decisions together in both areas.

Christo, who did not want to follow the curriculum laid out by the communist government at the Academy of Art in Bulgaria, fled to Paris in 1957 via Vienna and Geneva. There, he initially lived under miserable conditions and earned his living by commissioned portraits. Through one of his clients, he met her daughter and his future wife, Jeanne-Claude.

In Paris, Christo experienced the ‘packaging chic’ of a capitalist world. In this environment, he began with his first wrapped and packaged works, but used very simple and poor materials for these and staged his packaged objects in such a way that the object packaged becomes not only invisible, but the object suspected beneath the packaging becomes the centre of the viewer’s curiosity.

In 1961, the artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude staged their first project in a public space, a wrapping of metal barrels in the Cologne harbour. On 27 June 1962, Christo and Jeanne-Claude blocked the Rue de Visconti in Paris with large oil barrels, commenting on the recent construction of the Berlin Wall. Two years later, they moved their main residence to the USA.

In 1968, Christo participated in documenta IV with a 5600-cubic-metre balloon-like object. Two years later, the spectacular project Valley Curtain was presented, for which the artist couple covered an entire valley in the Rocky Mountains. In 1980, another monumental project was realized, the Surrounded Islands, covering the entire shores of eleven islands near Miami. In 1985, the Pont Neuf was covered in Paris and, in 1990, the artist couple installed thousands of oversized yellow and blue umbrellas simultaneously in Japan and California. In 1995, the spectacular wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin took place – the list of important examples of projects could be continued.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude did not create any lasting works of art with the wrapping actions, as all the projects were dismantled after completion. These projects are thus immaterial artworks in the form of lasting memories. For example, anyone who has been able to experience the Wrapped Reichstag live can speak of the unforgettable fascination that has remained in their memory forever.

The projects were prepared by Christo and Jeanne-Claude over several years and were usually extremely expensive. The budget for the project Umbrellas, for example, was roughly twenty-six million dollars.

Christo always wanted to be free as an artist and therefore financed his projects himself and strictly refused the support of sponsors. The projects were always financed through the sale of drawings, collages and print editions, as well as of photos or films.


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