The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

9 August 2019 Événement , Art contemporain

See Christo’s new temporary work ...

The project in a few words

Christo, in close collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and the Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN), will create a temporary artwork in Paris called The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de l’Étoile-Charles de Gaulle). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christo, The Centre des Monuments Nationaux and The Centre Pompidou have jointly decided to postpone, by one year, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, initially planned for the fall 2020. The new dates are:  Saturday, September 18- Sunday, October 3, 2021

The work will require 25 000 square metres of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue and 7 000 metres of red rope.

    

L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle. Drawing 2019 in two parts 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm). Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographical study, hand-drawn map on vellum and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2019 Christo

 

As a prelude to the production of this work, the exhibition Christo et Jeanne-Claude, Paris! will be presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou. This exhibition will present the Parisian years of the artists’ work, as well as their iconic project The Pont-Neuf Wrapped Paris, 1975-1985. The exhibition will open as soon as The Centre Pompidou is able to welcome visitors again.

The Centre des monuments nationaux, the government institution that manages and conserves the Arc de Triomphe, is pleased about the realisation of a project that demonstrates its commitment to contemporary creation and that honours one of the most emblematic monuments in Paris and in France.

The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will be self-financed by Christo through the sale of his preparatory studies, drawings, collages of the project as well as scale models, works from the 60s to 80s and original lithographs dedicated to other subjects. He will not benefit from any public or private funding.

Christo - L’Arc de Triomphe empaqueté

The Arc de Triumph (Project for Paris, Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle) Wrapped. Drawing 2018 30 1/2 x 26 1/4" (77.5 x 66.7 cm) Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint and tape on a brown board Photo: André Grossmann © 2018 Christo 

   

Story of the project

In 1961, three years after they met in Paris, Christo and Jeanne-Claude began creating works of art in public spaces. One of their projects was to wrap a public building.

At the time, Christo, who was renting a small room near the Arc de Triomphe, made several studies for a project there, including, in 1962, a photomontage of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped, seen from the Avenue Foch. In the 1970s and 1980s, Christo created a few additional studies. Almost 60 years later, the project will finally be realised.

   

Throughout the entire period when the artwork is on display, as well as during its preparation, the space beneath the Arc de Triomphe over the consecrated stone slab, where, since 1923 the Eternal Flame has burned in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will be fully maintained. As always, veterans associations and volunteers committed to the values of the French Republic will ensure the continuity of remembrance and of the daily ceremony of rekindling the flame, paying homage to the Unknown Soldier with the appropriate solemnity.

"Thirty-five years after Jeanne-Claude and I wrapped the Pont-Neuf, I am eager to work in Paris again to realise our project for the Arc de Triomphe," declares Christo.

    

Christo - L’Arc de Triomphe empaqueté

Collage 2018 in two parts 12 x 30 1/2" et 26 1/4 x 30 1/2" (30.5 x 77.5 cm et 66.7 x 77.5 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, fabric, twine, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, hand-drawn map and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2018 Christo

Practical information

 The monument will remain open for visitors during the project. The conditions of access to the Arc de Triomphe during this installation will be communicated soon.

The exhibition at Centre Pompidou

The exhibition at The Centre Pompidou Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Paris! - which was to open this March and present the Parisian years of the artists’ work, as well as their iconic project The Pont-Neuf Wrapped Paris, 1975-1985 - will open as soon as The Centre Pompidou is able to welcome visitors again.

Practical information here

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