‘Beauty, Science, and Art Will Always Triumph' - Christo

An exquisite phrase written in a 1958 letter by artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, most famously known as Christo. He was born on June 13th, 1935, in Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

In 1958 where he went to Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, his wife, life partner, and creator of outdoor and indoor monumental environmental works of art. Jeanne-Claude passed away on November 18, 2009. Unfortunately, Christo passed away of natural causes earlier this week in his home in New York City. A statement from Christo's office says: "Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artwork brought people together in shared experiences across the globe, and their work lives on in our hearts and memories. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths.
'L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped' is one of them. First conceived in 1962 with his partner Jeanne-Claude, the piece is to involve the covering of the iconic arch in 269,097 square feet of recyclable silvery-blue fabric, making it one of Christo's most prominent works to date. His studies about this unprecedented work date back to 1961, when Christo was renting a room near the Arc de Triomphe. After further education in the 1970s and 1980s, and after almost sixty years, his project will finally be recognized. It won't receive any public funds, but it will be wholly funded through the sale of his drawings, collages, and preparatory studies of the project.
'L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped' was initially expected to debut in September of 2020, but due to COVID-19, it has been postponed to September 18 – October 3, 2021. Anticipation grows as we wait to see another of Christo's masterpiece coming to life. However, as France enters phase two of deconfinement, we can enjoy the reopening of many museums and galleries from June 16th, as well as a compelling exhibition in memory of Christo at Centre Pompidou, which will highlight the work of one of the most celebrated contemporary artist.

The exhibition 'Christo et Jeanne - Claude Paris!' will run from July 1st to October 19th 2020, get in touch with us for more information, and don't forgtet to put your mask on!