An exhibition of work entitled Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects 1963-2014” is on at Sofia City Art Gallery from September 14 to November 22 2015.
The exhibition the two artists’ first major retrospective in Bulgaria. It is being held with the exclusive support of Christo, the gallery said.
The exhibition comprises 130 original numbered editions of prints and objects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and photographs by Wolfgang Volz of their works dating from 1963 to 2014.
Christo himself has compiled the collection to present the two artists’ oeuvre around the world. It traces in exhaustive detail, both chronologically and thematically, Christo’s progress as an artist on his own and his collaboration with Jeanne-Claude, which led to some of the most remarkable projects in contemporary art, including Wrapped Reichstag, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Running Fence, The Gates, The Umbrellas, Surrounded Islands, Over The River, The Mastaba. The exhibition includes a number of projects that were never realized but form an important part of the two artists’ creative thinking.
The large-scale projects are temporary and are recorded only in preliminary sketches and photographs. That is why the works that will be on view at the Sofia City Art Gallery form an important part of their work.
Christo, who is turning 80 this year, personally designed the arrangement of the works in the halls of the Sofia City Art Gallery and provided most of the financing needed to organise the exhibition.