Christo and Jeanne-Claude, an exhibition in Pinerolo

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, an exhibition in Pinerolo


They were both born on 13 June 1935: Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat in Casablanca. They met in 1958, when he was commissioned to paint Jeanne-Claude’s mother’s portrait, and since then the two were never apart. A son born in 1960, marriage two years later and an artistic collaboration that kept them working closely together until the end, when she passed in 2009 and he, keeping his promise, continued to work on the projects they conceived together.

Christo Surrounded Islands, Project for Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1981. Pencil, crayon, charcoal, enamel paint, fabric and map, 71 x 28 cm and 71 x 56 cm. Private collection, Biella. (© Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation)

In 2021 the team created L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped and continued to work on The Mastaba, Project for United Arab Emirates, developed by the couple in 1977 as their only permanent project. These are works that took years of preparation to obtain the necessary permits, given the particularity of the structures and the sites involved: who can forget the monuments that the duo wrapped to underscore their presence, often ignored by people distracted by the everyday?

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85. (ph. Wolfgang Volz, © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation)

Today, just over two years after Christo’s death, the
Miradolo Castle in San Secondo di Pinerolo (Turin) is dedicating the exhibition
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Projects to the couple (through 16 April 2023), created in collaboration
with the New York-based foundation of the same name. About 60 works including collages, drawings, photographs of their
most famous works, alongside those of the Nouveau Réalisme and Land Art artists
who influenced their thinking and artistic production.
A video documents some of the main monumental installations,
while on Saturday afternoons (until 25 March) talks and conversations will be
held with art experts and the curators of the exhibition.

Christo in his studio working on a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba, New York City, 2012. (ph. Wolfgang Volz, © Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation)

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Projects
Curated by Francesco Poli, Paolo Repetto and Roberto Galimberti
Miradolo Castle, San Secondo di Pinerolo (TO)
15 October 2022 – 16 April 2023


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