The Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped
Project for Paris, Place de l'Étoile-Charles de Gaulle
by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
from 18 September to 03 October 2021
The project in Paris for the Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped was designed by Christo in 1962 and is finally being carried out before our very eyes!
Christo returned to the idea in 2017 when the Centre Pompidou proposed a retrospective of the Parisian period of his artistic career: "Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Paris!" from 1 July to 19 October 2021. The exhibition had to be postponed several times, in particular after the death of the artist last spring, on 31 May 2020. The Centre des Monuments Nationaux continued the work to complete the project according to precise instructions left by the artists and in close collaboration with Christo’s teams.
Christo moves to Paris and rents a room near the Arc de Triomphe. In 1962, he makes a photomontage of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped, seen from Avenue Foch.
Another collage of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped testifies to the fascination that the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude had with the monument and shows the continuation of their work in the public space.
18 novembre 2009
Death of Jeanne-Claude
Christo decides to resurrect the Arc de Triomphe project in parallel with the exhibition proposed by the Centre Pompidou for spring 2020.
Fin 2018–printemps 2019
The project, which is also supported by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, is approved and engineering studies begin.
The project is postponed until September 2020 to protect the kestrels nesting in the features of the Arc de Triomphe.
Full-scale tests on the monument are carried out by Christo and his team.
The project is postponed a second time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
31 mai 2020
Death of Christo.
15 juillet 2021
In the summer of 2020, the Centre Pompidou dedicated a major exhibition to Christo and Jeanne-Claude that focussed on the Parisian period of their career (1958–1964) and the history of the project The Pont-Neuf Wrapped, Paris, between 1975 and 1985.
We invite you to (re)visit it with Sophie Duplaix, Exhibition Curator:
Arc de triomphe
From 18 September to 3 October 2021
from 10am to 11pm
At the Centre Pompidou
Room dedicated to Christo on level 5 of the Museum, room 35 - accessible with a Museum + Exhibitions ticket
Live broadcast in the Forum - free access
Until 3 October 2021
from 10am to 9pm