Christo:1935 - 2020 Jeanne:1935 - 2009
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Christo & Jeanne-Claude is a couple of artists who created environmental art works.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude were both born on June 13, 1935.Christo was born in Gabrovo, the Kingdom of Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude was born in Casablanca, Morocco, France.
The couple first met when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude's mother in Paris in October 1958. After that, the two began to work together.Sometimes referred to as a Land Art artist, each project requires permission from the residents and government officials of the place where the packaging and installation of the work is set, and is often involved in opposition movements and controversies. It took several years to several decades from the conception of the 1960s to the realization of each. Christo died on May 31, 2020 and Jeanne-Claude died on November 18, 2009.
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,
From September 18th to October 3rd, 2021, there will be an exhibition surrounding the Arc de Triomphe of Etoile. It was easier to get approval from the French government than waiting for a previous project. Initially, it was scheduled to run for two weeks in April 2020, but it was postponed until September 2021 due to the impact of the corona disaster. It will be their first signature style work since Jeanne-Claude's death in 2009.
About the artworks.
"The Umbrellas, Joint Projiect for Japan and U.S.A." is an installation in 1991 in which a large number of huge umbrellas were installed in each place in Japan and the United States at the same time for only 18 days. The location in Japan is Hitachiota City, Ibaraki Prefecture, and the location in the United States is a 29-kilometer-long area of dry grazing land from Gorman in Los Angeles County, California to Grapevine in Kern County.
The installed umbrella was an octagon with a height of 6 meters and a diameter of 8.66 meters. There were 1340 blue umbrellas on the Japanese side and 1760 yellow umbrellas on the American side.
The aim of "Umbrella" is to place works in two places at the same time to highlight the similarities and differences in lifestyles and land use between Japan and the United States. The Japanese side drew a humid climate and a crowded place, and the American side drew a dry climate and a place with few people in blue and yellow, respectively.
Regarding the arrangement of umbrellas, Christo and Jeanne-Claude said that the Japanese side considered the geometric design in a limited space, while the American side contrasted with the free and capricious arrangement. States.