He Packed the world – wrapping artist Christo is totChristo, the covered 25 years ago, the Reichstag building in Berlin, is dead. He died in New York at the age of 84 years.2 Kommentare2Christo and wife Jeanne-Claude in 2009, in front of a model of the wrapped Reichstag in Berlin.KEYSTONE
Who believed that Christ wrapped in his silver Reichstag in Berlin, or its bright-yellow, floating pontoons on a lake in Italy any deeper meaning saw that was wrong. “It is totally irrational and pointless,” said the Bulgarian-American wrapping artist of 2014 about his Work. However, the beauty of its abstract objects transformed buildings and landscapes, has fascinated millions. Now Christ has died on Sunday at the age of 84 in New York.
it has Always been a game of Form and color if the at the 13. In June 1935, Christo Vladimiroff Javacheff in the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo-born artist, a piece of the world with plastic sheeting plated.
among the most famous of its worldwide realized projects, the saffron-colored gates in New York’s Central Park (“The Gates”), the floating end, with a nylon fabric-based webs on the water of lake Iseo in Lombardy (“Floating Piers”) and the 1995 wrapped Reichstag in Berlin and the wrapped Pont Neuf in Paris.
Probably one of the most famous works of art in public space: Aerial shot of the “Wrapped Reichstag” in Berlin.KEYSTONE
The part from many miles away-visible installations, such as the “Valley Curtain” in Colorado, or yellow and blue giant umbrellas in Japan and California (“The Umbrellas”), written soon only in the Team. With his wife, Jeanne-Claude, with which he appeared since the 90s, always as a Duo, fought Christ from the first plans up to the realization of a project part for several decades. From Casablanca in Morocco, and on the same day as Christo-born Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 at the age of 74 in New York of a brain haemorrhage.
19. June 1978: An exhibition in the Museum of applied arts in Zurich, was dedicated to Christ. Shown sketches and a scale were scale model of the project “the Veiled Reichstag” as well as a documentary about the “running fence” in San Francisco. KEYSTONE
“Jeanne-Claude and I, we do these things for ourselves,” admitted the artist to understand with the white frizzy hair. “If it is someone likes, it’s just a Bonus. We make things that appeal to us visually.” The path is the goal: “These projects bring us to places that are so much richer than the art world or the gallery or the Museum. We can work with many different people. It is an adventure and very exciting, and foolish.”
Christo with his wife Jeanne-Claude in 2009 in Vienna. In the same year, Jeanne-Claude passed away.KEYSTONE
The marriage of the two was a of socialism and capitalism: in Bulgaria, Marxist-trained Christ, and accepted neither funds from sponsors and government subsidies, was able to achieve the free art for the millions only through the entrepreneurial spirit of his wife. In 2005, they rejected the purchase offer of financiers over 50 million dollars for the 7500 orange gates and fabrics from the Central Park. Christ is reported to have said on the deal: “I would not sell it even for 100 million.”
for this reason, and also because of the kilometers of the visible, the visual impact of the works of the Few enthusiastic. Unforgotten is veiled in Germany, especially in silver fabric panels, with blue ropes Reichstag in Berlin tied-up. The spectacle of about two weeks in 1995 was not less than a nachgeholtes summer festival to the fall of the Berlin wall, remembered, Rüdiger Schaper from the Berlin “Tagesspiegel” to 20. Anniversary. With a “Big Air Package” baptized air package in the Gasometer Oberhausen, a realized Christ in the year 2013 a project for the first time without his wife.
The financial independence gave Christo a lot of free space to implement in his year-long effort, a project, sometimes against resistance from environmentalists, and despite the requirements of building authorities. So he gave up 2017 in the open to Protest against US President Donald Trump the work “Over The River” in the state of Colorado, in which he had invested 20 years of approximately $ 15 million. The Arkansas River, he would have had to of the US government Trump rent.
Christos art in Riehen, in November 1998.KEYSTONE
The transience of the temporary large installations reminded always of the fleeting nature of life itself. “It’s kind of naive and arrogant, that this thing stays forever, for eternity,” said Christ at the time of the Reichstag wrapping.
Luminous plastic surfaces, buildings and tracts of land, to Packed like oversized gifts or parcels – fascinating images of Christos work in memory. The is almost no more of them should have their magnificence is only amplified. “All of these projects have a strong Dimension of the lack of restraint,” said Christ to the Reichstag wrapping. “They will disappear, like our Childhood, our life.” The make the experience so intense.
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