Christo dies at 84 and signs the end of a monumental adventure

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DISAPPEARANCE – This defector from a communist Bulgaria to the West has succeeded, with his modern art, in imposing his XXL vision which combines landscape, architecture, sculpture and childhood dreams. The Arc de Triomphe will be packed this fall, without him.

Christo, it’s the packaged industrial object - he hated the word packaged - that becomes a sculpture.
Christo, it’s the packaged industrial object – he hated the word packaged – that becomes a sculpture. NIKLAS HALLE’N / AFP

It was with a photo of Christo, an urban adventurer, that his official Twitter account, opened in November 2011 and curiously kept fairly confidential, announced his death on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Striped shirt of New York city dweller with white wrists, silver leonine mane capped by the wind, on one of the orange pontoons of his last large installation The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo in Italy, from June 18 to July 3, 2016. To immediately move on to the future. “Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always been very clear that their work in progress should be completed after their deaths. The packaging of the Arc de Triomphe (Project for Paris, Editor’s note) is therefore still on the right track

This death surprises 84-year-old Christo in his Parisian advent. Not only in this monumental project dreamed up in 1962 and already very advanced in its manufacture (the azure blue canvas below, silvery above, which must envelop the monument is ready). But also in his retrospective

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