Please note that Christo will be signing books and posters that are on sale from the Serpentine Galleries, and only one item per visitor. The catalogue will be available to purchase on the day.
The fully illustrated catalogue is published by Taschen in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries on the occasion of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958 – 2018, a major exhibition that coincides with the artists’ first outdoor sculpture in the UK, The London Mastaba, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake, 2016-18. Towering at 20 metres high, it is the largest of Christo’s realised mastaba works to date, and comprises of 7,506 painted oil barrels in a floating mosaic of red, white, blue and mauve.
The book includes Christo’s earliest preparatory works through to his most recent drawings for his project in London, many of which are published here for the first time. These are presented alongside Wolfgang Volz’s photographs documenting the build of The London Mastaba and its installation in the Serpentine Lake. It also includes a conversation between Christo and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, a new essay by architectural critic Paul Goldberger and texts by Adam Blackbourn.
Christo does not receive any income from the sale of the posters and catalogues and all sales benefit Serpentine Galleries.