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Christo: In Memoriam


It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend and collaborator Christo, who died on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York City at the age of 84. From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects, the artwork of Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought people together in shared experiences across the globe. These projects live on in our hearts and memories, and in the many books TASCHEN has had the privilege of publishing alongside their monumental works – beginning in 1995 with Wrapped Reichstag and continuing into 2021 with the forthcoming L’Arc de Triomphe Wrapped. In a 1958 letter Christo wrote, ‘Beauty, science and art will always triumph.’ We hold those words closely today.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and have 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 and The London Mastaba, Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, 2016-18. Christo’s temporary work of art in Paris, France, titled L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de lÉtoile), is scheduled for September 18–October 3, 2021. Additionally, a major exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work and time in Paris will be on view this year, from July 1–October 19, 2020.