The second solo exhibition at the PalaisPopulaire presents what is probably the world’s most famous artistic duo of our time: Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They succeeded in breaking through the narrow boundaries of the art business and attracting the interest of a broad public in their spectacular large-scale projects. Particularly impressive and unforgettable for many Berliners and visitors to this day is the Wrapped Reichstag. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the project.

Not only for this reason, but also because of it long relationship with the artist couple, Deutsche Bank is showing the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Projects 1963–2020 at the PalaisPopulaire. Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim, who loaned around seventy works for the show, are presenting this part of their collection comprehensively for the first time.

On display are works created between 1963 and 2019, including early objects, large-format drawing tableaux, as well as editions and prints. After wrapping everyday objects in foil and binding them with cord—from stacks of magazines to VW Beetles—Christo and Jeanne-Claude increasingly devoted themselves to artistic transformations and accentuations of entire landscapes or architectures. Between 1962 and 2019, twenty-three projects were realized on different continents. Since the death of his wife in 2009, Christo has been continuing the projects he planned with her.

All of the projects are made possible exclusively through sales of preliminary studies, drawings, collages, original lithographs, and editions. Christo and Jeanne-Claude do not accept any kind of funding, neither from public nor private sources.

Christo’s drawings are much more than just sketches of ideas, drafts, or construction instructions. They bear a very individual signature in their lines, hatchings, lighting, and coloring. In addition, the collaged plans, materials, fabrics, and photographs, and the identical acrylic glass covers, make them unmistakable, even unique. And they show what a great draftsman Christo is.

In addition, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects aim to raise awareness of social and historical processes through veiling. In particular, the transformation of the parliament building in reunified Berlin in 1995 hit the nerve of the time. More than five million visitors from all over the world came to see it. And as always, the effect on the audience was peaceful, cheerful, almost euphoric. The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude has no claim to permanence. Rather, it thrives on the appeal of unrepeatable eventfulness.

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Film program @ atelier

  • Every day 12 pm
    Along US 50, 2008
    by Wolfram Hissen, 62 minutes, English original version
  • Every day 1 pm
    The Runnning Fence Revisited, 2010
    by Wolfram Hissen, 60 minutes, Original version with German subtitles
  • Workdays 2 pm, Saturday and sundays 4 pm
    Dem Deutschen Volke – Verhüllter Reichstag (Wrapped Reichstag) 1971–95, 1996
    by Wolfram Hissen and Jörg Daniel Hissen, 95 minutes
    Original version with German and English subtitles
  • Mondays 4 pm
    Christo—Walking on Water, 2018,
    by Andrey Paounov, 100 minutes, © Alamode Film, English-Italian Original version with German subtitles

Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin), 1987
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin), 1987
Drawing; pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, and map, two parts, 38 x 165 and 106.6 x 165 cm
The Floating Piers (Project for Lago d’Iseo, Italy), 2014
The Floating Piers (Project for Lago d’Iseo, Italy), 2014
Collage; pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map, fabric sample, and tape, 43,2 x 55,9 cm
L’Arc de Triomphe (Project for Paris, Place de l’Etoile – Charles de Gaulle), 2019
L’Arc de Triomphe (Project for Paris, Place de l’Etoile – Charles de Gaulle), 2019
Collage; pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map, and tage, 43.2 x 55.9 cm
Wrapped Appliqués, 1963
The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City), 1998
Drawing; pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, and aerial photograph, two-parts, 244 x 106.6 and 244 x 38 cm
The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City), 1998
Wrapped Appliqués, 1963
appliquiés, polyethylene and twine, mounted on painted board, 46 x 24 cm

The Catalogue

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are among the most popular artist couples of our time. 

The PalaisPopulaire presents works from the Jochheim Collection, which traces the history of their spectacular large-scale projects. The focus is on the wrapping of the Reichstag, which made the Berlin parliament building shine in a unique way twenty-five years ago, but rare early objects are also on view.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by Matthias Koddenberg and Friedhelm Hütte and an interview with Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim (Kerber Verlag, softcover, English/German, 168 pages, 63 illustrations in color and black and white, ISBN 978-3-7356-0649-5, € 29).