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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

BY PalaisPopulaire | 25-May-2020
PalaisPopulaire presents what is probably the world’s most famous artistic duo of our time: Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They succeeded in breaking through the narrow boundaries of the art business and attracting the interest of a broad public in their spectacular large-scale projects. Particularly impressive and unforgettable for many Berliners and visitors to this day is the Wrapped Reichstag. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the project.
Venue: PalaisPopulaire
Address: Unter den Linden 5 / 10117 Berlin / Germany
Date: May 6 - August 17, 2020
Time: Friday through Monday & Wednesday: 11 am - 6 pm, Thursday: 11 am - 9 pm, Tuesday: closed
Ticket: Free
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo and Jeanne-Claude during the Wrapped Reichstag project, photo: Wolfgang Volz
On display are works created between 1963 and 2019, including early objects, large-format drawing tableaux, as well as editions and prints. After wrapping everyday objects in foil and binding them with cord—from stacks of magazines to VW Beetles—Christo and Jeanne-Claude increasingly devoted themselves to artistic transformations and accentuations of entire landscapes or architectures. Between 1962 and 2019, twenty-three projects were realized on different continents. Since the death of his wife in 2009, Christo has been continuing the projects he planned with her.

All of the projects are made possible exclusively through sales of preliminary studies, drawings, collages, original lithographs, and editions. Christo and Jeanne-Claude do not accept any kind of funding, neither from public nor private sources.

Christo’s drawings are much more than just sketches of ideas, drafts, or construction instructions. They bear a very individual signature in their lines, hatchings, lighting, and coloring. In addition, the collaged plans, materials, fabrics, and photographs, and the identical acrylic glass covers, make them unmistakable, even unique. And they show what a great draftsman Christo is.

In addition, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects aim to raise awareness of social and historical processes through veiling. In particular, the transformation of the parliament building in reunified Berlin in 1995 hit the nerve of the time. More than five million visitors from all over the world came to see it. And as always, the effect on the audience was peaceful, cheerful, almost euphoric. The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude has no claim to permanence. Rather, it thrives on the appeal of unrepeatable eventfulness.