Christo and
Paris. New York. Crossing Borders

The exhibition traces the art historical development of Christo and Jeanne-Claude since the mid-1950s to this day and introduces the artists’ early work created in France in the context of works by a number of artist colleagues.

7.9.2022 – 22.1.2023

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Alongside works by Christo the exhibition presents paintings and objects by Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein and others. This contextualisation within the diverse field of reference of the avant-garde in 1950s Paris illuminates the specific ways in which the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude evolved and what characterises their artistic position.

The project is the last exhibition approved by Christo shortly before his death in May 2020. The starting point of the project is the substantial collection held by Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim, which represents one of the most extensive private compilations of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art world-wide. It includes a wealth of objects and large-scale drawings, graphic works and photographs. The exhibition introduces each and every project realised by Christo and Jeanne-Claude since Wrapped Coast dating from 1968/69. The show also presents studies and drafts of the Mastaba project for Abu Dhabi, which has not been realised yet and which with its dimensions exceeding those of the Great Pyramid of Giza would become a veritable monument of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s creativity.

Curator of the exhibition is Kay Heymer, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, alongside co-curator Sophie-Marie Sümmermann, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

Christo, Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) – Charles de Gaulle, 2019, Collage, pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, card and adhesive tape, 43.2 x 56.9 cm, Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collectio, © Christo und Jeanne-Claude Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022, Photo: Wolfgang Volz


Christo and Jeanne-Claude in front of the Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1995, © Christo und Jeanne-Claude Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022, Photo: Wolfgang Volz