Christo & Jeanne-Claude. Urban Projects
“Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Urban Projects” is the first retrospective museum exhibition since the 1980s of the urban projects created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. To evoke a number of urban projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the exhibition, at the ING Art Center, seeks through a careful selection of around eighty original works, whether or not these were ever carried out, ranging from Wall of Oil Barrels, Rue Visconti, Paris, 1961-62 up to the important urban project The Gates that Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized for the city of New York in 2005.
These urban works of art were created by temporarily appropriating buildings, monuments or public places with a deeply symbolic value. The works are selected and displayed in such a way as to emphasise the crucial importance of drawing in the genesis, evolution and aesthetic crystallisation of each of the projects. Christo sees drawing as “a path towards the real” and indulges this passion daily.
The exhibition presents a series of emblematic works, from the first schematic sketches, usually in small format, to the final drawings, complex and often large-format collages in which colour, textural effects and volume bring out their visionary character, offering a real foretaste of the actual in situ projects.
This exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition and was printed by die Keure.
Just a quick message to thank die Keure for its part in our fantastic collaboration. We worked together perfectly — but next time, we should probably choose a finish that’s a little less complicated! The finish we chose for this project took a lot of work, and we really appreciate your efforts. The book was warmly received by everyone: the authors are really happy, and Eva is extremely pleased too. We’d like to wish you all the best, and once again, thank you for your quick delivery.
Patricia De Peuter, ING Art Team