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Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Retrospective

75 min visit

Pompidou Centre
1 Jul → 19 Oct 2020
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« Barely saved in this post-confinement period, this exhibition devoted to our "favourite packers" is to be visited without fail when it reopens at the beginning of July!  »

In 1975, a crazy, grandiose, massive project was taking shape around Pont-Neuf! Do you remember it? Packing the Pont-Neuf in Paris with gold-coloured polyamide canvas, which would cover the vaults of the twelve arches of the bridge, its curbs and sidewalks, its forty-four lamp posts. Do you know the history of this monumental project? This idea, imagined by the couple formed by Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff) and Jeanne-Claude (Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat), who were fascinated by urban projects, took shape from September 22 to October 6, 1985, but it represents a work of several years and a colossal technical and human device. Behind this project lies ten years of negotiations with politicians and local residents, personal financing thanks to their work, not to mention the numerous models and documents to create it. The choice of the building inscribes their proposal in the history of this Parisian bridge which was the source of inspiration for many artists. Thus, the work is as much in direct contact with reality as it is the continuity of Parisian art history. Pompidou's exhibition retraces the history of this project, while looking back over the couple's Parisian years, between 1958 and 1964.


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