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Book cover of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Early Years, with an early photo of the art duo gazing at each other. Published by Verlag Kettler.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Early Years

An Interview by Matthias Koddenberg

By (author) Matthias Koddenberg


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  • This monograph shares unprecedented insights into Christo and Jeanne-Claude's early work
  • Features archival images and photos of the artists' oeuvre published for the very first time
  • Accompanies an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris from 18 March to 15 June 2020 and at the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin from 21 March to 17 August 2020
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In the autumn of 2020, Christo will wrap the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in silvery fabric for 16 days, returning to his signature style – after realising The Floating Piers in Italy, the London Mastaba, and a quarter of a century after he and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag building in Berlin. As a prelude, a major exhibition at PalaisPopulaire in the German capital will celebrate this 25-year anniversary in the spring of 2020. At the same time, the Pompidou Center will pay tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude by staging The Pont Neuf Wrapped Documentary exhibition as well as a comprehensive show highlighting their early years in Paris.

To accompany these events, Matthias Koddenberg, art historian and long-time friend of both Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude, who was the other half of the artistic duo until her death in 2009, has edited an elaborate collection of interviews. The book is composed of many conversations held between Koddenberg and Christo in the artist’s New York studio over the last few years.

With rare frankness, Christo describes how he fled from Bulgaria and made his way into the Western world. He talks about his time in Vienna and Geneva, his vibrant life in Paris that was full of hardship, and the fateful moment when he met Jeanne-Claude.

This publication provides an exceptional inside view, uniting texts and numerous archival images and photographs, many of which have never been published before, or depict early works by Christo that have only recently been rediscovered.

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Verlag Kettler
13th Apr 2020
Paperback / softback
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland
220 mm x 140 mm
96 Pages
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