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Christo

1935
Christo: American, Bulgarian-born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, June 13, 1935, Gabrovo, of a Bulgarian industrialist family.
Jeanne-Claude: American, French-born Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat, June 13, 1935, Casablanca, of a French military family, educated in France and Switzerland. Died November 18, 2009, New York City.

1952
Jeanne-Claude: Baccalauréat in Latin and Philosophy, University of Tunis, Tunisia.

1953-56
Christo: Studies at the National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria.

1956
In fall, Christo leaves Bulgaria to go to Prague, Czechoslovakia.

1957
On January 10, Christo escapes to Vienna, Austria, where he studies one semester at the Academy of Fine Arts. In October, he moves to Geneva, Switzerland.

1958
In March, Christo arrives in Paris, where he meets Jeanne-Claude in early October.

Packages and Wrapped Objects.

1960
Birth of their son, Cyril, May 11.

1961
Project for a Wrapped Public Building.
Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages, Cologne Harbor, 1961. Rolls of paper, oil barrels, tarpaulin and rope. Duration: two weeks. Christo and Jeanne-Claude's first collaboration.

1962
Wall of Oil Barrels – The Iron Curtain, Rue Visconti, Paris, 1961-62. 89 barrels. Height: 13.7 feet (4.2 meters). Width: 13.2 feet (4 meters). Depth: 2.7 feet (0.5 meters). Duration: eight hours.
Stacked Oil Barrels, Gentilly, near Paris, France.
Wrapped Woman.

1963
Show Cases.

1964
Store Fronts and Show Windows.
In September, Christo and Jeanne-Claude move to New York City for good.

1966
Air Package, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 1966. Rubberized canvas balloon, polyethylene, rope and steel cables. Diameter: 17 feet (5.2 meters). Duration: one month.
42,390 Cubic Feet Package, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1966. Length: 60 feet (18.3 meters). Diameter: 25 feet ( 7.6 meters). Height: 32 feet (9.8 meters). Polyethylene: 8,000 square feet (740 square meters). Manila rope: 3,000 feet (914 meters). Duration: two days.

1968
Wrapped Fountain and Wrapped Medieval Tower, Spoleto, Italy, 1968. Polyethylene and rope. Duration: three weeks.
Wrapped Kunsthalle, Bern, 1967-68. Polyethylene: 26,156 square feet (2,430 square meters). Nylon rope: 1.9 miles (3 kilometers). Duration: one week.
5,600 Cubicmeter Package, documenta IV, Kassel, 1967-68. Height: 280 feet (85 meters). Six concrete foundations arranged in a 920 feet (280 meters) diameter circle. Fabric: 21,528 square feet (2,000 square meters). Rope: 11,482 feet (3,500 meters). Weight: 7 tons. Duration: two and a half months.
Corridor Store Front. Total area: 1,450 square feet (135 square meters).
1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba and Wrapped Hay, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1969
Wrapped Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1968-69. Tarpaulin: 10,000 square feet (930 square meters). Manila rope: 4,000 feet (1,219 meters). Duration: one and a half months.
Wrapped Floor and Stairway, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. House painter’s cotton drop cloths: 2,800 square feet (260 square meters). Duration: one and a half months.
Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968-69. Erosion Control fabric: 1,000,000 square feet (92,900 square meters). Rope: 35 miles (56.3 kilometers). Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers). Height: 85 feet (26 meters). Duration: two months.

1970
Wrapped Monuments, Milano, Italy, 1970: Wrapped Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo. Polyethylene and rope. Duration: one day. Wrapped Monument to Leonardo da Vinci, Piazza della Scala. Polyethylene and rope. Duration: two days.

1971
Wrapped Floor, Wrapped Stairs, Covered Windows and Wrapped Walk Ways, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany, 1971. House painter's cotton drop cloths and brown wrapping paper. Duration: 50 days.

1972
Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970-72. Width: 1,250 feet (381 meters) and a height curving from 365 feet (111 meters) at each end to 182 feet (55.5 meters) at the center. Nylon polyamide fabric: 200,200 square feet (18,600 square meters). Steel cables: 61 tons. Concrete: 864 tons. Duration: 28 hours.

1974
The Wall – Wrapped Roman Wall, Via Veneto and Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy, 1973-74. Woven polypropylene fabric and Dacron rope. Height: 49 feet (15 meters). Length: 820 feet (250 meters). Depth: varying between 13 to 18 feet (4.3 to 5.5 meters). Duration: 40 days.
Ocean Front, Newport, Rhode Island, 1974. Width: 420 feet (128 meters), Length: 320 feet (97.5 meters). Polypropylene fabric: 150,000 square feet (13,935 square meters) floating over the ocean. Duration: 8 days.

1976
Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76. 18 feet (5.5 meters) high, 24.5 miles (39.4 kilometers) long, crossing 14 roads. 2,050 fabric panels: 2,152,780 square feet (200,000 square meters) of woven nylon fabric. 90 miles (145 kilometers) of steel cables. 2,050 steel poles, each: 3.5 inch (8.9 cm) in diameter, 21 feet (6.4 meters) high. Duration: 14 days.

1977
The Mastaba, Project for United Arab Emirates. In progress.
1978
Wrapped Walk Ways, Jacob Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977-78. Woven nylon fabric: 135,000 square feet (12,540 square meters) over 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) of walkways. Duration: 14 days.

1983
Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83. Pink woven polypropylene fabric: 6.5 million square feet (603,870 square meters) floating around eleven islands. Duration: 14 days.

1984
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Architekturmuseum, Basel, Switzerland. House painter’s cotton drop cloths and brown wrapping paper. Duration: 17 days.

1985
The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85. Woven polyamide fabric: 450,000 square feet (41,800 square meters). Rope: 8 miles (13 kilometers). Duration: 14 days.

1991
The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91. 1,340 blue umbrellas in Ibaraki, Japan. 1,760 yellow umbrellas in California, USA. Each umbrella: Height: 19 feet 8 inches (6 meters). Diameter: 28 feet 5 inches (8.66 meters). Valley size in Japan: Length: 11.8 miles (19 kilometers). Width: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). Valley size in USA: Length: 18 miles (29 kilometers). Width: 2.5 miles (4 kilometers). Duration: 18 days.

1992
Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado. In progress.

1995
Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany, 1994-95. House painter’s cotton drop cloths and brown wrapping paper. Duration: three months.
Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Polypropylene fabric with aluminum surface: 1,076,390 square feet (100,000 square meters). Rope: 9.7 miles (15.6 kilometers). Duration: 14 days.
1998
Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997-98. 178 trees. Woven polyester fabric: 592,015 square feet (55,000 square meters). Rope: 14.3 miles (23 kilometers). Duration: 23 days.

1999
The Wall – 13,000 Oil Barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998-99. Height: 85 feet (26 meters). Width: 223 feet (68 meters). Depth: 23.7 feet (7.23 meters). Duration: six months.

2005
The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005. 7,503 vinyl gates, with free-flowing nylon fabric panels, anchored to 15,006 steel bases on 23 miles (37 kilometers) of walkways. Duration: 16 days.

2013
Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13. Height: 295 feet (90 meters). Diameter: 164 feet (50 meters). Volume: 6,250,000 cubic feet (177,000 cubic meters). Polyester fabric: 219,000 square feet (20,350 square meters). Polypropylene rope: 14,800 feet (4,500 meters). Weight: 5.3 tons. Duration: nine and a half months.

2016
The Floating Piers, Project for Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-16. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes, creating a 3-kilometer-long walkway across the water. Width of the piers: 16 meters. Height: 35 centimeters with sloping sides. Duration: 16 days.

Ausstellungen

2016
Christo et Jeanne-Claude: Barils / Barrels
Texts by Annie Cohen-Solal and Matthias Koddenberg. Interview by Olivier Kaeppelin. Verlag Kettler, Dortmund, Germany. L'Arche Éditeur, Paris, France.

2016
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Water Projects
Text by Germano Celant. Silvana Editoriale, Milan, Italy.

2016
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Text by Jacob Baal-Teshuva. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2015
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: In/Out Studio
Edited with text by Matthias Koddenberg. Photographs by Ugo Mulas, Enzo Sellerio, Harry Shunk and János Kender, Wolfgang Volz, Charles Wilp and others. Verlag Kettler, Dortmund, Germany. (English ed. 2015, D.A.P., New York, USA; French ed. 2015, L'Arche Éditeur, Paris, France)

2013
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects 1963-2013
Catalogue Raisonné edited by Jörg Schellmann. Text by Matthias Koddenberg. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany. Overlook Press, New York, USA.
2013
Christo: Big Air Package
Text by Matthias Koddenberg. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Klartext, Essen, Germany.

2012
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Mastaba, Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Text and interview by Matthias Koddenberg. Picture commentary by Jonathan Henery. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2011
Christo: The Paris Sculptures 1961
Text by Matthias Koddenberg. Photographs by Jean-Dominique Lajoux. Verlag Kettler, Bönen, Germany.

2010
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: 75
Text and interview by Paul Goldberger. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2010
Christo und Jeanne-Claude: Grenzverlegung der Utopie
Text by Werner Spies. Berlin University Press, Berlin, Germany.

2009
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Life=Works=Projects
Text by Masahiko Yanagi. Tosho Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan.

2009
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Early Works 1958-64
Text, interview and chronology by Matthias Koddenberg. Verlag Kettler, Bönen, Germany.

2008
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado
Preface by Jay Gates. Texts by Jonathan Fineberg and Simon Schama. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2006
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers, Project for Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-2016
Picture commentary by Wolfgang Volz and Jonathan Henery. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2006
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Preface by Rudy Chiappini. Texts by Rudy Chiappini, Albert Elsen, Molly Donovan, Werner Spies, Lawrence Alloway, David Bourdon, Harald Szeemann, Jonathan Fineberg and Wolfgang Volz. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Skira, Milan, Italy.

2005
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005
Picture commentary by Jonathan Henery. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2005
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005
Text by Anne L. Strauss. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2004
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: On the Way to The Gates
Preface by Philippe de Montebello. Text and interviews by Jonathan Fineberg. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.

2002
Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection
Preface by Earl A. Powell. Text and interview by Molly Donovan. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA.

2001
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Early Works 1958-69
Texts by Alexander Tolnay, Lawrence Alloway, David Bourdon and Jan van der Marck. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

2000
Christo und Jeanne-Claude: Eine Biografie
Text by Burt Chernow. Epilogue by Wolfgang Volz. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne, Germany. (Italian ed. 2001, Skira, Milan, Italy; English ed. 2002, Saint Martin’s Press, New York, USA)

1998
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, 1997-98
Picture notes by Wolfgang and Sylvia Volz. Introduction by Ernst Beyeler. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

1998
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Umbrellas, Japan-USA, 1984-91
Picture notes by Jeanne-Claude and Masahiko Yanagi. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

1998
Christo et Jeanne-Claude: Erreurs les plus fréquentes
Text by Jeanne-Claude. Editions Jannink, Paris, France. (English ed. 2000)

1996
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95
Picture notes by David Bourdon. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

1996
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Projects Selected from the Lilja Collection
Preface by Torsten Lilja. Texts Torsten Lilja and Per Hovdenakk. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Azimuth Editions, London, England.

1995
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95
Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Taschen, Cologne, Germany.

1995
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects 1963-95
Catalogue Raisonné edited by Jörg Schellmann and Joséphine Benecke. Text by Werner Spies. Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, Germany.

1995
Christo und Jeanne-Claude: Der Reichstag "Dem Deutschen Volke"
Compiled by Michael S. Cullen and Wolfgang Volz. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Bastei-Lübbe, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.

1993
Christo: The Reichstag and Urban Projects
Preface by Jacob Baal-Teshuva. Texts by Wieland Schmied, Tilmann Buddensieg and Rita Süssmuth. Interview by Masahiko Yanagi. Chronology by Michael S. Cullen. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Prestel, Munich, Germany.

1993
Christo: The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85
Preface by Dieter Ronte. Texts by Volker Adolphs, Bernard de Montgolfier, Dieter Ronte and Constance Sherek. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Wienand, Cologne, Germany.

1990
Christo: The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85
Texts by David Bourdon and Bernard de Montgolfier. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA. DuMont, Cologne, Germany. Biro, Paris, France.

1990
Christo
Text by Marina Vaizey. Rizzoli, New York, USA. Aurel Bongers, Recklinghausen, Germany. Albin Michel, Paris, France. Polígrafa, Barcelona, Spain. Meulenhoff/Landshoff, Amsterdam, Holland. Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, Tokyo, Japan.

1990
Christo
Text by Yusuke Nakahara. Shinchosha, Tokyo, Japan.

1986
Christo: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83
Texts by David Bourdon, Jonathan Fineberg and Janet Mulholland. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA.

1985
Christo
Text by Dominique G. Laporte. Flammarion, Paris, France. Pantheon Books, New York, USA (1986).

1984
Christo: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83
Text by Werner Spies. Chronology by Wolfgang Volz. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA. DuMont, Cologne, Germany. Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France (1985). Ediciones Polígrafa, Barcelona, Spain (1986).

1978
Christo: Wrapped Walk Ways, Loose Park, Kansas City, Missouri, 1977-78
Text by Ellen R. Goheen. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA.

1978
Christo: Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76
Texts by Calvin Tomkins and David Bourdon. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz and Gianfranco Gorgoni. Abrams, New York, USA.

1977
Christo: The Running Fence Project
Text by Werner Spies. Photographs by Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA. Hatje, Stuttgart, Germany. Éditions du Chêne, Paris, France.

1975
Christo: Oceanfront
Preface by Peter C. Bunnell. Texts by Sam Hunter and Sally Yard. Photographs by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA.

1973
Christo: Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970-72
Photographs by Harry Shunk and Wolfgang Volz. Abrams, New York, USA. Hatje, Stuttgart, Germany. Horay, Paris, France. Prearo, Milan, Italy.

1971
Christo
Text by David Bourdon. Abrams, New York, USA.

1969
Christo: Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, 1969
Photographs by Harry Shunk. Contemporary Art Lithographers, Minneapolis, USA.

1969
Christo
Text by Lawrence Alloway. Abrams, New York, USA. Hatje, Stuttgart, Germany. Thames and Hudson, London, England.

1968
Christo: 5600 Cubicmeter Package, 4. documenta Kassel 1968
Photographs by Klaus Baum. Wort und Bild, Baierbrunn, Germany.

1966
Christo
Texts by David Bourdon, Otto Hahn and Pierre Restany. Edizioni Apollinaire, Milan, Italy.

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In unserer großen, außergewöhnlichen Sommer-Ausstellung „Christo und Jeanne-Claude“ sind Grafiken und von Christo authorisierte Fotos  zu „The Gates“; „Over The River“, „Pont Neuf“, „Wrapped Trees“, „Umbrellas“, „Reichstag“ und viele weitere zu sehen. Ausgestellt werden Werke, die teils nur noch bei uns signiert erwerbbar sind.
In der Verfremdung des scheinbar Vertrauten wird die verborgene Phantastik der Wirklichkeit durch das Künstlerpaar sichtbar und erfahrbar gemacht.
Mit den temporären Skulpturen von Christo & Jeanne-Claude ist ein Moment der Erinnerung eng verbunden, der durch die Skizzen und Fotos für uns erhalten werden kann.

Die Begrüßungsworte wird der Landtagsabgeordnete Björn Thümler sprechen.
Wibke Heumann wird die Laudatio halten.
Musikalisch wird die Vernissage von Katrin Büsing/ Jade am Flügel begleitet.

Die Ausstellung wird bis zum 19.09.2017 zu betrachten sein.

Wir verbleiben mit farbenfrohen Grüßen
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