CHRISTO

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff (born 1935 in Gabrowo, Bulgaria) is a visual artist. He studied art in Sofia and Vienna. In Paris, he was closely associated with the “Nouveau Réalistes”.

Christo generally used to work from the States with his wife Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon (1935-2009). Christo and Jeanne-Claude attached much importance to being mentioned as artists together.

De facto, Jeanne-Claude was rather concerned with managing public relations and implementing the logistics, while Christo was more engaged with creative work processes. The artistic strategy Christo and Jeanne-Claude followed was to temporarily “dress up” or “wrap up” large-sized prominent buildings or landscapes. Examples for this type of works are Pont Neuf in Paris, Reichstag in Berlin, or their art project in New York’s Central Park.

For Christo and Jeanne-Claude, it was highly significant their works were open to the broad public. Their projects’ realization required large numbers of staff. The results of their works were intended to be of purely esthetic nature and aimed at people seeing their world “with different eyes”.

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