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“Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba,1958–2018” at Serpentine Gallery

“The Mastaba” (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), Collage, 2017, Christo, Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, Colour photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data and tape on brown board 21.5 x 28 cm.
(Private collection, Switzerland. Photo: André Grossmann © 2017 Christo)

The Serpentine Galleries will present the works of celebrated artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in its summer exhibition titled “Christo">Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba, 1958–2018.” Taking place from June 19, and continuing through September 9, 2018, the exhibition draws upon the duo’s use of barrels to create artworks.

The sculptural works of Christo">Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, are lauded for their unique nature that “intervene in urban and natural landscapes around the world and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites,” the gallery says.

For “Barrels and The Mastaba, 1958–2018,” the Serpentine Gallery in London has worked closely with Christo">Christo to develop a series sculptures, drawings, collages, scale-models and photographs spanning six decades.

Barrels, which are the defining theme of this exhibit, has remained a dominant feature of Christo">Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s works since 1958. This exhibition, the gallery says, “Will offer new perspectives on Christo">Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s career to the large-scale, wrapped and fabric-based works for which they are best known. It will also trace the origins of this strand of practice, which began with wrapped paint cans and barrels and the artists’ first temporary public installation in Cologne Harbor in 1961.”

The exhibition is timed to coincide with “London Mastaba,” which is a temporary sculptural project by Christo">Christo that will be on view at the Hyde Park, Serpentine lake from June 18 through September 23, 2018.

Christo">Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude have, in the past, collaborated to create many iconic sculptures — “Wrapped Coast,” Sydney, Australia (1968-69); “Wrapped Reichstag,” Berlin (1971-1995); “The Gates,” Central Park, New York City (1979-2005); and “The Floating Piers” on Italy’s Lake Iseo (2014-2016), to name a few.

Christo">Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba,1958–2018” will be on view from June 19 through September 9, 2018, at Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, UK.

For details, visit http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/serpentine-gallery/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.