Christo to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Christo is known for his large-scale wrapping installations – including the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995 and the Pont-Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, in 1985 produced in collaboration with his wife and artist Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009.

This morning, artist Christo has announced that he will wrap the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, next year. Covering the Champs-Élysées landmark with almost 25,000 sq. m of silvery blue fabric, made of recyclable polypropylene, and 7,000 metres of red rope, the artist will also be the subject of an exhibition at Centre Pompidou, due to open from 18th March to 15th June 2020.

“The new work will be entirely funded by Christo through the sale of his preparatory studies, drawings and collages of the project as well as scale models, works from the 1950s and 1960s and original lithographs on other subjects. It will receive no public or private funds.” A statement issued by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux.

‘35 years after Jeanne-Claude and I wrapped the Pont-Neuf [The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, Project for Paris, 1975-85], I am eager to work in Paris again to realise our project for the Arc de Triomphe.’ The artist added.

Last summer, the artist installed a large-scale floating installation titled The London Mastaba (2016-18), on the Serpentine Lake in London.

Image: Christo, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l’Etoile – Charles de Gaulle, 2019, drawing. Courtesy: the artist; photograph: André Grossmann