Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Dusseldorf in overtime

Düsseldorf’s Kunstpalast is extending the exhibition on Christo and Jeanne-Claude by one week. The show can now be seen until January 29th.

The Düsseldorf Museum Kunstpalast is extending its exhibition on the work of the artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude by one week. The show “Paris. New York. Boundless” can now be seen until January 29, as the museum announces. So far, 60,000 visitors have seen the exhibition, which, with 90 works and documentation, traces the artistic development of the duo up to Christo’s death in 2020. The exhibition draws heavily on works from the collection of the Recklinghausen couple Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim return.

Around a packaged VW Beetle, the exhibition spans an arc from the early work – Christo first wrapped a VW with cloth and ropes in 1963 – to the last work, the wrapped Arc de Triomphe in Paris 2021, which was created after Christo’s death. Famous works such as the wrapped Berlin Reichstag from 1995 are shown in oversized photos. Along with the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, paintings and objects by artistic companions are also presented. These include Aman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Dubuffet and Yves Klein.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s first project together: a roadblock made from oil barrels

Hristo Yavashev (1935-2020) was a Bulgarian by birth. In Paris in 1960 he joined the artist group “Nouveau Réalisme”. With his future wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (1939-2009) he realized the first joint project in 1961, a roadblock made of oil drums in Paris. In 1964 the couple moved to New York. From there it organized its monumental projects such as “Valley Curtain” with a fabric curtain through the Rocky Mountains, veiled park paths in Kansas City, veiled trees in Riehen, Switzerland, or created walkways covered with fabric over Lake Iseo in northern Italy.

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