Christo (born as Christo Vladimirov Javacheff,
Bulgarian: Христо Явашев) and Jeanne-Claude (born as Jeanne-Claude
Denat de Guillebon) are a married couple who create environmental
installation art. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in
Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile-long curtain
called Running Fence in Marin and Sonoma counties in California, and
most recently The Gates in New York City's Central Park.
Coincidentally Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the exact same
date - 13 June 1935.
Although their work is visually impressive and often controversial as
a result of its scale, the artists have repeatedly denied that their
projects contain any deeper meaning than their immediate aesthetic.
The purpose of their art, they contend, is simply to make the world a
"more beautiful place" or to create new ways of seeing familiar
landscapes. Art critic David Bourdon has described Christo's wrappings
as a "revelation through concealment."
Bicyclette empaquetée sur galerie de voiture
The wrapped Reichstag
Air Package, Project for the Garden of the Museum of Modern Art, New
York City, 1968
Corridor Store Front Project
Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971
The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City
Wrapped Reichstag Project for Berlin
Surrounded Islands, 1982
The Pont Neuf
Wrapped - Project for Paris I
Wrapped Reichstag, Project for Berlin
Over the River from Underneath
The Blue Umbrellas, 1991
The Gates, Photo No. 26
Wrapped Coast, 1968-1969
The Wall, Gasometer, Oberhausen, 1999, No. 3
The Gates, Photo No. 30
Wrapped Trees XIV
Over the River, Project for Colorado, From Above
Paris Review, 1982
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