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Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018

Copertina rigida11.4 x 10.6 in.4.09 lb208 pagine50
Discover Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s latest installation: a spectacular 20-meter-high temporary sculpture made of more than 7,500 multicolored barrels, which coincides with a major exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries. Gathering photography, sketches, models, and designs, this collection is your guide to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s barrel-made installations.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018


The London Mastaba

A definitive guide to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s barrel-made installations

In 2018, London’s Hyde Park was home to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s latest installation: The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake). The temporary sculpture took cues from mastabas of the first urban civilizations of Mesopotamia, which were mud benches with two vertical sides, two slanted sides, and a flat top. Towering at 20 meters high, its 600 metric tons anchored to the Serpentine Lake, this waterborne project gathered 7,506 painted oil barrels to create a floating mosaic of red, white, blue, and mauve.

The most ambitious of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s barrel works to date, The London Mastaba is a precursor to the duo’s work in progress The Mastaba (Project for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates). First conceived in 1977, The Mastaba for Abu Dhabi, if realized, would be Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s greatest achievement and only permanent large-scale work. Situated in the desert and made of 410,000 multicolored barrels, the 150-meter-high sculpture would be the largest in the world, rising higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Designed by Lorenza Giovanelli and Christo, this book gathers drawings, collages, technical data, scale models—many published for the first time—and photographs by Wolfgang Volz to trace Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 60-year history of barrel artworks.
Gli artisti

Christo (1935–2020) e Jeanne-Claude (1935–2009) hanno lavorato insieme dal 1961. Tra i loro progetti su larga scala si annoverano Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69, Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72, Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76, Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83, The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85, The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91, Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95, Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98 e The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005.

I designer

Erin Bazos is a New York–based graphic designer and creative director. Since 2010, she has worked with Christo on a variety of projects, including website and exhibition design, print collateral, and multiple facets of The Floating Piers, from the workers’ uniforms, stationery and tourist maps to the project book in collaboration with TASCHEN.

Lorenza Giovanelli, historiadora del arte, dirigió la oficina del último gran proyecto de Christo, The Floating Piers, en 2016. De 2017 a 2020 trabajó para Christo en Nueva York, colaborando en varias exposiciones y publicaciones sobre el arte de Christo y Jeanne-Claude, y en la actualidad sigue trabajando para el Patrimonio de los artistas.

Il fotografo

Wolfgang Volz (nato a Tuttlingen nel 1948) ha lavorato con Christo e Jeanne-Claude dal 1972, occupandosi, fra l’altro, della fotografia delle opere. Durante i progetti Wrapped Reichstag e Wrapped Trees e nell’installazione di The Wall è stato direttore tecnico per la realizzazione delle opere. Da questa stretta collaborazione sono nati molti libri e più di 300 mostre in musei e gallerie di tutto il mondo. Wolfgang Volz vive e lavora a Stoccolma.


Paul Goldberger is the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of The New Yorker, where, since 1997, he has written the "Sky Line" column, and is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters (2009) and Christo and Jeanne-Claude (2010, for TASCHEN). He lectures widely on architecture, design, historic preservation and cities, and has taught at both Yale School of Architecture and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

L'autore che ha contribuito

Adam Blackbourn has been a member of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s working family since 2006. In addition to his work as an artist and writer, he and his partner Ruei Ji run the Chinese-to-English translation studio Bacon Translations. He has collaborated on numerous publications about Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Il curatore

Hans Ulrich Obrist es el Codirector de Exposiciones y Programas y Director de Proyectos Internacionales de la Serpentine Gallery, Londres.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Barrels and The Mastaba 1958–2018
Copertina rigida29 x 27 cm1.86 kg208 pagine