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Christo and Jeanne-Claude. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

Softcover with flaps, 9.3 x 11.4 in., 1.78 lb, 128 pages
US$ 35
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
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In 1961, three years after meeting Jeanne-Claude in Paris, Christo made a study of a mammoth project that would wrap one of the city’s most emblematic monuments. 60 years, 25,000 square meters of recyclable fabric, and 3,000 meters of rope later, the artists' vision finally came true. Discover their posthumous installation with this book gathering photography, drawings, and a history of the project's making.

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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's posthumous work, 60 years in the making
1961, three years after meeting Jeanne-Claude in Paris, Christo made a study of a mammoth project that would wrap one of the city’s most emblematic monuments. 60 years, 25,000 square meters of recyclable fabric, and 3,000 meters of rope later, the artists' vision finally came true. Discover their posthumous installation with this book gathering photography, drawings, and a history of the project's making.

Like most of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped is temporary and runs for 16 days from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. Carried out in close collaboration with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, the historic structure is wrapped in recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue and recyclable red rope. The project is the posthumous realisation of a long-held dream for Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who first drew up plans to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in 1961 while renting a small room near the monument.

Published as a tribute to the late artists and their lifelong partnership, the book includes original sketches, technical data, and exclusive photography, creating a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the genesis of this prodigious artwork.
The artist

Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and lived in New York City since 1964. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009; Christo died in 2020. Their large-scale projects include 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; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005; The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014–16, The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016–18, and L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Paris, 1961–2021.

The photographer

Wolfgang Volz has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the exclusive photographer of their works since 1971. He was also project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95 and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98, and was in charge of The Wall – 13,000 Oil Barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998–99 and Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010–13. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.

The authors

Lorenza Giovanelli, art historian, was the office manager of Christo’s last major project The Floating Piers in 2016. From 2017 to 2020 she worked for Christo in New York, collaborating on several exhibitions and publications about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art. She is the first executive director of the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation.

Jonathan William Henery is the son of Jeanne-Claude’s sister, Joyce May Henery. In 1993, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University. He is a musician and was Jeanne-Claude’s full-time assistant from 1996 to 2009, and continues to manage Christo’s office today. Jonathan has collaborated on numerous publications about their work.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped
Softcover with flaps, 9.3 x 11.4 in., 1.78 lb, 128 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-7952-0
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (12)

Beautiful and fascinating

Rebecca, October 28, 2021
I love the pictures and I discovered many fascinating information and drawings to realize the project.

A super interesting insight to Christo artistic process and design

Paloma, October 28, 2021
From right to left, this book explains Christo posthumous project at wrapping L'Arc du Triomphe in Paris, including the design of the fabric, the installation, the permitting, the troubleshooting, the parties that have intervened. Really interesting. A dare-not-to-miss.

Loved it!

Francesca, October 27, 2021
I haven't been in Paris to see this oeuvre in person but I loved this booked because I felt like been there!

Perfect!!

Hilde, October 27, 2021
Loved reading about the whole process of wrapping the arc triomph. Awesome to see how much thinking and hard work they put in this project!

Verhüllungen

Gabriele, January 29, 2022
Da die Anreise erschwert war, ist es sehr schön einen so ausführlichen Bildband nach kurzer Zeit zu erhalten. Alle, die vorhatten, hinzufahren, haben sich darüber gefreut

Für Christo-Fans ein Muss

Helga, December 27, 2021
War selbst in Paris zur Verhüllung des Arc de Triomphe. Die Fotos geben die Einzigartigkeit des Kunstwerkes und seine Faszination im wechselnden Licht hervorragend wider. Sehr zu empfehlen, für Christo-Fans ein Muss.

Christo und Jeanne-Claudes letztes Werk!

Dirk, November 03, 2021
Schon kurz nach der Beendigung von Christo und Jeanne-Claudes letztem Werk, der Verhüllung des Arc de Triomphe, erscheint der Band über das Projekt. Von den ersten Skizzen in den frühen sechziger Jahren bis zur Verhüllung im Jahr 2021.
Tolle Fotos! In gewohnter TASCHEN-Qualität.

Christo L'Arc de Triomphe

Dirk, November 02, 2021
Sehr schönes Buch mit Erklärung zur Geschichte des Projekts, tollen Fotos und wie immer ein hochwertiges Druckerzeugnis zu einem fairen Preis.

Vorzüglich: Christo

Hartmut Rothe, November 02, 2021
Das druckfrisch gelieferte Buch ist hervorragend. Es ist als wäre man vor Ort. Sehr gut, ohne Umschweife!

Faszination

Walter K., October 29, 2021
Christos monumentaler Traum, entstanden aus seinem wohnnahen Quartier zum Triumphbogen, wird in dem fotografisch und historisch außerordentlich anspruchsvollem Band L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, in faszinierenden Skizzencollagen sowie atemberaubenden Fotosessions der Verwirklichung seines genialen künstlerischen Wirkens in hervorragender drucktechnischer Qualität gerecht. Ein Jahrhundertkunstwerk hat damit eine großartige Bücher-Würdigung bei Taschen bekommen.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped
Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped
US$ 35
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped