Christo Biography

Gabrovo, Bulgaria, 1935 -

Bulgarian-born American sculptor, printmaker and experimental artist, famous for his Environmental Art and ` empaquetage ' technique, involving packaging or wrapping different objects with materials like plastic and canvas.

He gained instant recognition when he carried out the large-scale wrappings of buildings such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Kunsthalle, Berne and Reichstag, Berlin. He recently received worldwide recognition for his Gates project in New York's Central Park.

Selected Exhibitions ****

2005 - Christo and Jeanne-Claude - Works from the Weston Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Christo - Central Park, Galerie Ruf, Munich

2004 - Accorachage III, Gallerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin - Christo and Jeanne- Claude - The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975-85, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon - International Modern Art, Tate Liverpool, England

2003 - Approaching Objects, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York - Geschenkte Kunst, Ludwig Museum in Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz

2002 - Shopping, Tate Liverpool, England - Memoir of Freedom, Chelsea Art Museum, New York - STARS AND BRIGHTS, Brigitte March Stuttgart, Stuttgart - Die Zeichnung, Galerie Ruf, Munich - Representing Nature, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - Impressions, Galerie Beyeler, Basel

Selected Museums and Collections ****

  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiflung Ludwig Wein
  • Smithsonian, Washington, DC
  • Tate Gallery, London
  • Walker Art Center, Minnesota

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