The painter Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude – born the same day as him and dead in 2009 – were the most famous artist couple of our times. Their large-scale projects and installations were dedicated to the wrapping of historic buildings or landscapes the world over. Christo’s career began in extreme poverty and societal exclusion. Even artist colleagues ignored his art of wrapped objects; he earned his meagre living as a portrait painter. It was his wrappings of the Bern museum of art, objects in Paris, Miami, California, Australia, Rome, New York, Japan and his probably most famous wrapping, that of the German Reichstag in Berlin, that brought him international accolade. Through the short-term experience of gigantic projects the Christo couple Jeanne-Claude wanted to realise a new perspective of reality.
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