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21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyo

exploring ‘l’arc de triomphe, wrapped’ from birth to fruition

 

‘Christo and Jeanne-Claude ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” exhibition is now on view at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo. Running from 13 June 2022 to 12 February 2023, the display traces Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s life through their milestone projects, including their lifelong dream from its birth to its fruition. A historical retrospective of sixty years offers visitors an entirely new and innovative experience.

 

From September 18 until October 3, 2021, the Arc de Triomphe in the Place Charles de Gaulle was entirely wrapped with 25,000 sqm of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue and 3,000 m of red rope. (see more in our previous article here). Thanks to the commitment of their team, their vision became a reality even though the couple had passed away. The iconic monument at the center of the busiest roundabout in Paris was completely covered, leaving passers-by speechless as they gazed at one of the greatest works of public art worldwide in 2021.

 

Designboom visited the exhibition in Tokyo to offer readers an insight into the rich archive. The collection consists of a large-scale installation depicting the materiality, video footage, architectural models, and a series of visual representations. 

21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyo

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‘This exhibition is about a Parisian story’

 

‘Christo and Jeanne-Claude ‘ L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” exhibition explains the 60-year journey from the artists’ first encounter in Paris, with their long-term project coming finally to life. The collection is organized in collaboration with the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation, led by Vladimir Yavachev. 

 

The artist duo was born on the same day and year, on June 13, 1935. He in Bulgaria and she in Morocco. At the age of 23, they first met in Paris and began a creative collaboration that would last a lifetime. Together, they realized numerous large-scale projects worldwide. After Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009, Christo continued to work on behalf of both, bringing to life some of the projects they had envisioned in the past. ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ was the last one. Christo died in May 2020 without witnessing the finalization of the project. However, his supportive team, consisting of professional engineers, officials, contractors, manufacturers, and others, brought the project into reality in September 2021.21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyo

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an insight into the exhibition at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

 

Wandering the basement lobby at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, guests can catch a video of Christo drawing ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’ in his New York studio. The first gallery demonstrates a meticulous-designed architectural model of the Arc de Triomphe, accompanied by footage explaining the construction process. Another part of the exhibition hosts an installation representing parts of the ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped’.

 

Viewers can touch the material and experience the careful placement of the fabric so as not to harm the historical monument. From the first sketches through challenges and difficulties to the final realization, the visitors absorb the huge power of creativity and passion. 

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21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyoimage © designboom

21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyo
large-scale visual representations

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21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyo
meticulous-crafted architectural model of the Arc de Triomphe

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21_21 design sight brings christo and jeanne-claude's 'l’arc de triomphe, wrapped' to tokyo
visitors can experience the recyclable polypropylene fabric wrapped in red rope

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Photo: Benjamin Loyseau<br> ©2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude's ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped' was on view for 16 days from september 18 until october 3, 2021, <br> Photo: Wolfgang Volz<br> ©2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation
Christo and Jeanne-Claude's ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped' was on view for 16 days from september 18 until october 3, 2021,
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
©2021 Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

project info:

 

exhibition name: ‘Christo and Jeanne-Claude ‘L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped”

artists: Christo and Jeanne-Claude

venue: 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

dates: 13 June 2022 – 12 February 2023

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