Royal Geographical Society, SW7 2AR
16 Jul 2018 - 7:00 PM
An Evening with Christo
On the occasion of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018 at Serpentine Galleries, Christo talked about works in the exhibition from the last six decades, which also coincides with The London Mastaba, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake, the artists’ first large-scale public sculpture in the UK. Following the talk, Christo was in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, and took questions from the audience.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Christo (born 1935 in Gabrovo, Bulgaria) and his late wife Jeanne-Claude (born 1935 in Casablanca, Morocco, died 2009, New York City, USA) are renowned for their large-scale environmental projects and temporary sculptures at sites around the world. Their first artistic collaboration was in 1961, where they created Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages at Cologne Harbour; an installation that remained for two weeks.
Outdoor temporary projects include: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-16; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, USA, 1979-2005; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, 1971-95, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, France, 1975-85; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76; and Wrapped Coast, Sydney, Australia, 1968-69. Christo and Jeanne-Claude have completed several indoor installations, including: Big Air Package, 2010-13 and The Wall - 13,000 Oil Barrels, 1998-99, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, and Wrapped Floors and Stairway and Covered Windows, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy (1998-99) and Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany (1994-95). The projects of Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been the subject of international exhibitions and displays including most recently: ING, Brussels, Belgium (2017-18); Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence, France (2016) and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla, California, USA (2014). Christo participated in the Serpentine Miracle Marathon in 2016.
More information available at www.christojeanneclaude.net
Related Events / Exhibitions
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018
19 Jun 2018 to 9 Sep 2018
Christo and Jeanne-Claude are celebrated for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes around the world and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. This summer, in the heart of London, the Serpentine Galleries presents a major exhibition of the artists’ work, which draws upon their use of barrels to create artworks. Simultaneously, Christo presents The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park 2016 - 2018, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.
Saturday Talks: Melissa Blanchflower on Christo and Jeanne-Claude
7 Jul 2018 - 3:00 PM
Curator, Melissa Blanchflower, leads a tour of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba (1958–2018) BSL interpretation is available on request for all our Saturday Talks. Visit our BSL page for more information.
Saturday Talks: Joseph Constable on Christo and Jeanne-Claude
4 Aug 2018 - 3:00 PM
Assistant curator, Joseph Constable, leads a tour of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba (1958–2018). BSL interpretation is available on request for all our Saturday Talks. Visit our BSL page for more information.
An Evening with Christo. Photo by Manuela Barczewski, © 2018