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The retrospective exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude presents an exhaustive territory of fundamental concepts and images to appreciate the art of the second half of the 20th century. The appropriation of public space, packaging monuments, transforming the natural space with their interventions, brings us closer to one of the most relevant trends in artistic practice. 

The set forms a new and unprecedented look at the landscape and the most current art. From its beginnings in 1958 with the first proposals for intervention and evolving towards projects on a large public scale – whose purpose is art itself, in the words of the artists – the retrospective brings together early works, called Early Works, and reaches their latest projects. The set of documentary photographs and the presence of the artists during their interventions in a selection of documentaries provides the exhibition with an extensive and profound panorama. 

The presence of Christo and Jeanne-Claude in our country was already known in the Di Tella years when the critic Pierre Restany, invited to participate as a jury for the 1964 award and a regular visitor to Buenos Aires and Montevideo, spoke about the new tendencies of the art of that period among which the New Realism of which both artists were part was circumscribed. 

In April 1995, the main antecedent of the artists’ presence in Argentina took place at the Federico Jorge Klemm Gallery in Buenos Aires, which held the first exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude with 26 works including projects, drawings, recording photographs and intervened lithographs. Some of them belonging to the Klemm Collection are included. 

The selection criteria of the curator Lorenza Giovanelli, responds to the desire to reflect the different stages of the artistic life of Christo and Jeanne-Claude from a series of documents that are representative of the magnitude of their installations, for visitors to South America. 

Christo and Jeanne-Claude is organized by Fundación Proa with the collaboration of the Estate of Christo V. Javacheff and the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art in Punta del Este. It is sponsored by Tenaris – Ternium.

Curator: Lorenza Giovanelli  Author: Jorge Helft

© [2022] Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

Fundación PROA

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