The Wrapped Reichstag, completed in 1995, was one of the duo’s most successful and impressive undertakings. Planning for the project began in 1971, when Michael Cullen, a Berlin historian, suggested to Christo that the building, then little used except as an exhibition hall, would be an ideal place for him to realize his dream of wrapping a national capitol. But cold war tensions meant that there was little chance of getting the West German Government’s approval, and the project lay nearly dormant until the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany.
“Christo and Jean-Claude say that their art is as much about process as product; it is no accident that the monitors wear T-shirts with the legend ‘Wrapped Reichstag 1971-95,’ since the official view here is that the work of art began its existence when Christo said yes to Mr. Cullen's suggestion, and that every early sketch, every letter about the project to the German Government, every debate in the German press and every street-corner argument about the merits of wrapping the Reichstag is itself a part of the artwork. The artists think of the actual wrapping as only the final chapter in a 24-year work: which is perhaps why the notion of leaving it up for only two weeks does not disturb them. The entire work, in their view, is as much a study in the way attitudes are transformed over time as a pure object in itself” (Paul Goldberger, “Christo’s Wrapped Reichstag: Symbol for the New Germany,” The New York Times, New York, June 23, 1995, n.p.).
A Retro Racing Watch for the Modern Man
First Look: A Nearly Impossible Collection of the Most Legendary Wines
10 Dazzling Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family Collection
First Look: Relive the 1990s Through the Collection of Damien Hirst’s Legendary Manager
Market-leading Contemporary Art Sales in Asia
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Live-Auktion Ansehen