The Bulgarian artist known for his monumental installations, Christo, passed away Sunday, 31 May. Christo was 84 when he died of natural causes.
He died at his home in New York City, where he had been living for 56 years. The artist’s Facebook page posted an official statement regarding his death.
Christo Vladimirov Javacheff was born on 13 June 1935 in Bulgaria. After studying in Sofia, he travelled from Prague to Vienna in 1957, finally settling in Paris in 1958.
In Paris, he met Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, who would become his wife and partner. They soon moved to the states. She passed away in 2009, at the age of 74.
The couple created contemporary art by wrapping famous monuments in fabric and plastic. Some of their most famous works include the Pont Neuf in Paris in 1985, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 1988, and the Reichstag building in Berlin in 1995.
Together, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped over 20 works. The wrapping often took decades, with the initiation of the Reichstag building project in 1971 and the completion to put it on display in 1995.
The Valley Curtain was an installation that was between two Colorado mountains by the couple in 1972. In 2005, The Gates; an installation gracing New York City’s Central Park by Christo; it consists of 7,503 pieces of saffron fabric.
In 2018, his latest work was put on display at the Hyde Park in London, one on his mind since the 1960s. The London Mastaba is a pyramid-like structure that was on display for three months.
L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped is a project in Paris that Christo was working on. The public will be able to view this installation in September 2021.