Paris

Christo, Le Pont-Neuf empaqueté (Projet pour Paris) (The Pont-Neuf Wrapped [Project for Paris]), 1976, pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen, fabric, wire, gelatin silver print, staples, and glue on paper laminated and mounted on cardboard, 28 × 22".

Christo, Le Pont-Neuf empaqueté (Projet pour Paris) (The Pont-Neuf Wrapped [Project for Paris]), 1976, pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen, fabric, wire, gelatin silver print, staples, and glue on paper laminated and mounted on cardboard, 28 × 22".

Paris

“Christo et Jeanne-Claude: Paris!”

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
March 18–June 15, 2020

Curated by Sophie Duplaix

In 1958, the Bulgarian emigré Christo Javacheff met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (1935–2009), the daughter of a French military general. Their improbable union led to a succession of logistically sublime outdoor installations that have been alternately reviled as media spectacles and celebrated as imaginative civic acts. This April, Christo is likely to stir up a debate over nationalism and its symbols when he swaddles the Arc de Triomphe in the red and blue of the tricolor. In parallel, this thematic retrospective of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work will help to contextualize their seemingly singular practice by bringing together their studio-based matiériste paintings and Nouveau Réaliste sculptures of the late 1950s and early ’60s with more than forty drawings, collages, and other preparatory materials from their public project The Pont–Neuf Wrapped, 1975–85.