The Kunstpalast art museum in Düsseldorf is organizing a comprehensive exhibition with a retrospective focus dedicated to the oeuvre of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. It provides an overview of all of their large-scale projects, ranging from Wrapped Coast in 1969 to last year’s spectacular wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe, which was carried out posthumously.
For the first time, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s early works from their time in Paris will be displayed in dialogue with works by colleagues who shaped the couple’s artistic development to a significant extent, including Lucio Fontana and Jean Dubuffet, as well as numerous artists associated with the Nouveaux Réalistes, such as Yves Klein, Arman, and Niki de Saint Phalle. The exhibition and catalog take an in-depth look at the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s and give an account of Christo und Jeanne-Claude's move to New York and the shift in their focus towards monumental installations of global dimensions that never ceased to fascinate the public.
This book includes an introductory essay and a detailed, illustrated chronological account of the artists’ Parisian years that provide comprehensive background information and shed light on the unique development of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's oeuvre.