“Our work is a scream of freedom.” -Christo


Christian and Jeanne Claude – Two men and one soul. One artist in two bodies, two ideas in a single embodiment.

Christian Iavashev – Bulgaria,

Jeanne-Claude de guilibonidenat – Frenchman.

The same date of birth: June 13, 1935.

Meeting Place: Paris, 1958.

Separation time of the year -2009, November 18, Gin died …

Interesting fact: They never flew on one plane, so that one could continue working, if another died .

Once Jeanne said, “I became an artist because of Christo, if he was a dentist, I would also have been a dentist”.


Their very first appearance on the art scene was eccentric and ambitious. In 1962 they deliberately blocked a narrow street: Ru Visconti near River Seine with metal barrels. The work was called “iron curtain” and it was a protest against the Berlin Wall. Metal barrels were untouched, artists did not paint them, so fuel brand names were clearly visible on them. Height of the work was 4.2, while width – 2.9 meters. Street paralyzing did not progress without the police, but Christo and Jeanne were able to stop them for a few hours, and their work managed to attract attention.

This was followed by new works from around the world, in different years and this is still continued by Christo nowadays. Reichstag’s “packaging” in Berlin in 1995, Islands in Miamisurrounded with pink in 1983, a huge orange curtain in Colorado in 1972, and even more, which the society recalls positively nowadays. Artwork, preserved only on photos, indicates how much is the artist’s contribution to this world and how they can change direction of daily life. Each of them is important and valuable to both the art and the development of human consciousness. Jeanne and Christo were able to create an era of style and it seems that this century also experiences their impact; everything is so impressive that any person will have a certain inspiration to create “something”.

“Therefore we have to go over the fact that all human beings are afraid by what is new. It is our work to convince them that they will enjoy it, and even if they don’t, to allow us just for 14 days to create that work of art.” – Christo.



“Wall of Oil Barrels – The Iron Curtain”

Rue Visconti, Paris. 1961-62
Photo: Harry Shunk, Jean-Dominique Lajoux ©


 “Surrounded Islands”

Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida. 1980-83

Photo: André Grossmann, Wolfgang Volz ©



“Wrapped Reichstag”

Berlin, Germany. 1971-95

Photo: André Grossmann, Wolfgang Volz ©



“The Pont Neuf Wrapped”

Paris, Fance. 1975-85

Photo: André Grossmann, Wolfgang Volz ©



“Wrapped Trees”

Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland. 1997-98

Photo: André Grossmann, Wolfgang Volz ©



“The Umbrellas”

Japan-USA. 1984-91

Photo: Wolfgang Volz, Eeva-Inkeri ©



“Wrapped Coast”

One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia. 1968

Photo: Harry Shunk ©



“Valley Curtain”

Rifle, Colorado. 1970-72

Photo: Harry Shunk,  André Grossmann, Wolfgang Volz ©



“The Gates”

Central Park, New York City. 1979-05

Photo: Wolfgang Volz ©





Author: Nanuka Zaalishvili

English Edit: Nino Namoradze






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