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.


Extended until 29 January

Please note our special opening times.

7.9.2022 – 29.1.2023



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.

The Museum of Art and Cultural History Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, will be presenting a modified version of the exhibition from 10 March to 3 September 2023.

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

Christo und Jeanne-Claude,  L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961-2021
© Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022
Photo: Wolfgang Volz


Christo und Jeanne-Claude vor dem Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin 1995
© Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022
Photo: Wolfgang Volz


Christo, The Gates (Project for Central Park,New York City), 2004
Collage, pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, drawn by hand, tape and fabric pattern,
Two-piece, 77,5 x 66,7 cm und 77,5 x 30,5 cm
Collection Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim
© Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2022

Exhibition catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by an approximately 200-page German catalogue with numerous illustrations, a foreword by Felix Krämer, an essay by Kay Heymer, a chronology by Matthias Koddenberg and an interview by Dr. Sophie-Marie Sümmermann with the collectors couple Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim. 


The catalogue's price is 38,00€ in our shop and 45,00€ in bookshops. 

It is published by Verlag Kettler. 

Exhibition catalogue

Exhibition catalogue

Exhibition visit and accompanying programme

Public guided tours
We offer public tours every Thursday at 6pm and every Saturday at 2pm.

Register here
Fee: 5 € plus exhibition admission

Digital public tours
Art educators introduce the most important themes of the exhibition live via video conference. Selected objects and artworks are presented in a virtual tour. This digital introduction is the perfect preparation or follow-up to an individual visit to the exhibition. Duration: 60 minutes. You will find the dates in our calendar.

Family tours
Every fortnight, we offer guided family tours on Sundays for children from 6 years of age.

Register here
Fee: Exhibition admission, children and young people under 18 free of charge

All dates can be found in our calendar.

Booklet for children
For drawing and discovering, free of charge for children (6 to 11 years).

Hotel cooperations

The Wellem in Düsseldorf offers „The Wellem Art Experience" Package.

The Wellem Düsseldorf
Mühlenstraße 34
40213 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 547650622

Further information on the cooperation and booking here.

Hotel cooperations

Photo: The Wellem Düsseldorf


A relaxing staycation for everyone with an artsy faible"

Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf
Königsallee 11
Entrance Theodor-Körner-Straße 1-7
40212 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 160 90 0
Fax: +49 (0)211 160 90 111

Further information on cooperation and booking here.

Photo: Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf

Photo: Lobby, Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf

Photo: Restaurant "The Duchy", Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf

Hotel Recommendations

Hotel The Wellem Düsseldorf, Mühlenstraße 34

Hotel Breidenbacher Hof Düsseldorf, Königsallee 11

Hotel Indigo, Kaiserswerther Str. 20

Hotel Meliá, Inselstr. 2

Hotel Hyatt Regency, Speditionsstr. 19

Hotel Recommendations

Christo and Jeanne Claude, Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Projekt für Paris), Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle, 2019. Collage; Bleistift, Wachskreide, Emailfarbe, Fotografie von Wolfgang Volz, Karte und Klebeband, 43,2 x 56,9 cm. Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim Collection © Christo


For decades, Christo and Jeanne-Claude created artwortks that required an enormous amount of planning, caused sensations and provided many visitors worldwide with unforgettable moments.

What are your personal memories of the artist couple?

Share your favourite Christo moments and photos with us on Facebook and Instagram! #christomoments

You can also email us your favourite photos and most fascinating stories to!


Among all submissions, we will draw five Christo packages consisting of the exhibition catalogue, two free tickets to the Kunstpalast and a gift box full of delicious surprises from our sponsor Katjes. 

By sending in the photos, you allow the Kunstpalast to share them on social media (Facebook and Instagram). You can find further conditions of participation here.