Wrapped Statues / Project for Der Glyptothek – München, W. Germany / Aegina Temple

Wrapped Statues / Project for Der Glyptothek – München, W. Germany / Aegina Temple

An original hand-signed Christo screenprint print.


Original screenprint with photo-collage in colors on Arches Cover wove paper

Hand-signed in pencil lower right Christo.

A superb example of the definitive state, from the edition of 300, numbered lower left. One of twenty-four original prints by a variety of artists (Jim Dine, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, Rufino Tamayo, Victor Vasarely, Christo, Yaacov Agam, Pierre Soulages, Mihail Chemiakin, Mimmo Paladino, Antoni Tapies, Eduardo Chillida, Pierre Alechinsky, Sandro Chia, Park Seo-Bo, Kim Tschang-Yuel, Lee Bann, Nam Kwan, Kim Ki-Chang, Kazuo Shirago, A.R. Penk, Jose Luis Cuevas, Zao Wou-Ki, Jean-Paul Riopelle) issued in the album Official Arts Portfolio of the XXIVth Olympiad, Seoul, Korea Published by Lloyd Shin Fine Arts, Inc., Chicago; printed by Landfall Press, Chicago.

Catalog: Schellmann & Benecke 135.

35 x 27 inches

Known collectively as “Christo” until 1994, when their works were retroactively credited to both artists, Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon created large-scale environmental works—both indoors and outdoors—that altered familiar landmarks and spaces. Primarily working with silken fabrics, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris, as well as other monuments and trees, in vibrant drapes. In 2005 they created a work known as The Gates in New York City’s Central Park, composed of 7,503 vinyl gates installed sequentially in the park and hung with saffron-colored swathes of nylon, which alluded to the tradition of Japanese torii gates placed at the entrances to Shinto shrines. Speaking of the ephemeral nature of their work, Christo once said, “I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”
As part of a thoroughly ambitious proposal, Christo and Jeanne-Claude sought to wrap the entire interior of the massive Glyptothek Museum in Munich. Filled exclusively with Greco-Roman sculpture, Christo aimed to obscure with fabric and cables the museum’s fourteen halls and huge inner-courtyard.