“Remembering Christo & Jeanne-Claude”
March 13th 2021 – January 9th 2022
The first three rooms on the ground floor will play host to a display dedicated to the two undisputed masters of Land Art, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Entitled “Remembering Christo & Jeanne-Claude” and organised in collaboration with the Galleria Tega in Milan, until January 9, 2022 the exhibition will feature around 20 works looking back over their artistic career. Christo and Jeanne-Claude (he passed away in June last year and she in 2009) never sought funding or sponsorships to create their works of art, which were very often on a monumental scale. Instead, they independently financed their projects through the sale of preparatory drawings, assemblages, sketches and collages, and it is these that will be on display at the Fondazione Ghisla.
After completing his training at the Sofia academy in Bulgaria, in 1958 Christo moved to Paris where he met Jeanne-Claude and the duo begin an artistic and personal relationship, forming a partnership that was to last a lifetime.
Today, Christo and Jeanne-Claude are world-renowned for their wrappings: these were initially single objects on a smaller scale to be exhibited in museums and galleries. However, the two artists soon abandoned indoor spaces to work in both urban and natural landscapes, creating their environment-sized installations which were often monumental in scale. From the first wrapped objects to the colossal outdoor projects, their works have transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture and architecture. Whereas these three disciplines create their own space, Christo and Jeanne-Claude would take a space and transform it into a work of art. To bring their works to life they used existing materials from everyday life, even elements as mundane as industrial waste, to highlight how such objects pervade the consumer society.