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Exhibition at the Sofia City Art Gallery

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  • , , ARTE, 1996, 72 . ( / in Bulgarian language) 14.00 / Every Tuesday from 2 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Umbrellas, 1995. Henry Corra, Grahame Weinbren and Albert Maysles, 81 min. ( / in English language) 17.00 . / Every Tuesday from 5 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Umbrellas, 1995. Henry Corra, Grahame Weinbren and Albert Maysles, 81 min. ( / in English language) 14.00 / Every Wednesday from 2 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claudes The Gates. A film by Antonio Ferrera. Albert and David Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing, Maysles Films, 2007, 98 min. ( / in English language) 17.00 . / Every Wednesday from 5 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christos Valley Curtain, 1974. David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Ellen Hovde, 28 min. Running Fence,1978. David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin and Albert Maysles, 58 min.( / in English language) 14.00 / Every Thursday from 2 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Islands, 1986. Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin and David Maysles, 57 min. Christo in Paris, 1990. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Zwerin and Susan Froemke, 58 min. ( / in English language) 17.00 . / Every Thursday from 5 pm

    Christo , -, 2015 ( / in Bulgarian language) 14.00 / Every Friday from 2 pm

    Christo 75, , 2010, 52 . ( / in Bulgarian language) 17.00 . / Every Friday from 5 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Islands, 1986. Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin and David Maysles, 57 min. Christo in Paris, 1990. Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Deborah Zwerin and Susan Froemke, 58 min. ( / in English language) 14.00 / Every Saturday from 2 pm

    , , ARTE, 1996, 72 . ( / in Bulgarian language) 17.00 . / Every Saturday from 5 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claudes The Gates. A film by Antonio Ferrera. Albert and David Maysles, and Matthew Prinzing, Maysles Films, 2007, 98 min.( / in English language) 14.00 / Every Sunday from 2 pm

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christos Valley Curtain, 1974. David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Ellen Hovde, 28 min. Running Fence,1978. David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin and Albert Maysles, 58 min.( / in English language) 16.00 . / Every Sunday from 4 pm

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    Christo: All these projects are about freedom. They happen not because some president of the country liked them, some minister of culture, or some corporate executive or some major of a city; these project happened because the artist liked to have them and, of course, they have this incredible proportion and presence. Nobody can own this project, nobody can buy the project, nobody can possess the project, or charge tickets. This project is a demonstration of freedom. A demonstration of absolute freedom and total irrationality. The world can live without Umbrellas, without Valley Curtain or Running Fence. They have no other reason to be there except poetical creativity, total creativity. That freedom is the most important part of this project and this is why they cannot stay, because freedom is the enemy of possession and possession is equal to permanence

    Christo & Jeanne-Claude, G. Mantegna. Journal of Contemporary Art, 1995

    1000, . . 1 http://sghg.bgSofia City Art Gallery Sofia 1000, 1, Gen. Gurko Str.

    14 22 2015 / September 14 November 22, 2015

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    The exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects 1963-2014 is the first major, and so far only, presentation of the two artists in Bulgaria. It is also an extraordinary gesture of Christo towards the Bulgarian public, for their show at the Sofia City Art Gallery is realized with his personal participation and collaboration.The selected 130 original numbered prints and objects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude and photographs of their artworks by Wolfgang Volz show, both chronologically and thematically, Christos growth as an artist and his collaboration with Jeanne-Claude a collaboration that has produced some of the most significant projects in contemporary art. An over-50-year-long artistic path of quests, of successes and failures, of realized and unrealized projects, of change from indoor to outdoor space. Christo and Jeanne-Claudes projects arouse different emotions, but they leave no one indifferent.

    An accompanying programme of documentary films, interviews and lectures offers further insight into the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and provides an objective view that goes beyond simple appreciation or negation.Christo and Jeanne-Claude are among the greatest artists in the world. Their names are in the history of contemporary art, in encyclopedias and textbooks. Dozens of specialized art studies and books are devoted to their oeuvre. Their artworks are in major museums, galleries and collections throughout the world. The fact that Christo is Bulgarian by birth is noted everywhere.Breathtaking in scale and scope, the art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude is to be seen in Bulgaria for the first time. We hope that this exhibition will become a truly unforgettable event of 2015.Adelina Fileva, director of the SCAG

    , 2 20, , 1980, Lower Manhatten Packed Buildings, 2 Broadway and 20 Exchange Place, project, 1980, colour screenprint

    / Lecture Program: . : Matthias Koddenberg. Christo Before Christo: In Search of the Artists Bulgarian Roots

    . - ...Luchezar Boyadjiev. Christo and Jeanne-Claude To Be Continued

    / For the dates check http://sghg.bg

    - a , , 1996. / Christo and Jeanne-Claude at the proposed site of the project Over the River, Arkansas river valley, Colorado, 1996. Photo: Wolfgang Volz

    , 2011. Christo during the first scale model test at the proposed site of The Mastaba, November 2011. Photo: Wolfgang Volz

    / FiLm Program15 - 22 / 15 September 22 November

    , , 1980, / Yellow Store Front, project, 1980, colour lithograph with collage of acetate and cloth

    , 2013, , Show Window, 2013, enamel painted wooden frame with fabric

    (), 1972, ; / Double Show Window (green), 1972, two-part aluminium and Plexiglas object, green paint on Plexiglas

    E : , , , , , , , Exhibition Team: Adelina Fileva, director SCAG,Maria Vassileva, curator, Daniela Radeva, assistant curator, Peter Dimov, PR / Translation Katerina Popova

    , 1968, 3 5 , / Wrapped Roses, 1968, three to five red plastic roses wrapped in transparent polyethylene with twine

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    We can look at Christo and Jeanne-Claude from a human, earthly perspective: as two people who are in love, constantly together, working nonstop, modest in their way of life and immodest in their ambitions. Viewed from a wider planetary, cosmic perspective, Christo and Jeanne-Claude overcome all obstacles. They defy the gravity of reason, going beyond the thinkable in pursuit of their dreams. But their dreams are far from selfish. They have a single grand goal: standing up for total freedom in all its possible dimensions.For Christo and Jeanne-Claude, there are no insurmountable barriers, tough terrains, impossibly high buildings and unsolvable cases. These are just conventions to be transcended with the flight of the mind and the will to creativity. This is the only way we can explain their passion and perseverance in fighting for each of their projects for years, and sometimes for decades. This is the only way we can explain how they managed to get permission to wrap the Reichstag or the Pont-Neuf. They did, but it is still difficult to believe this was possible.There are hardly any other artists who have done more than Christo and Jeanne-Claude to explain their own projects to politicians, ecologists, engineers, builders, members of the public. They are far from elitist in pursuing their goal. In a sense, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have contributed to the promotion of contemporary art more than any other artist. At the same time, they have never made any compromises.One of their basic principles is to accept no sponsors and to fund their projects with their own money through sales of drawings, objects, prints, collages, posters. These are an important part of their oeuvre. And by no means just a commercial one. It is through these artworks that their projects are conceived, developed, and given their final form. It is in these artworks that it becomes clear how far their imagination can take them and how big their creative dreams are. This is what Christo and Jeanne-Claude call the software period. The hardware period is that of the practical realization of a project.

    The exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Prints and Objects 1963-2014 was personally compiled by Christo to present the work of the two artists across the world. It offers an insig