Mur de Barils

Mur de Barils is an art installation realized by Christo and Jean-Claude in 1962. The artwork is an original photo of the event, it is signed and numbered in pencil by the artist on the lower left margin. Edition of 100 examples. Good conditions except for a small faded area on the upper left margin.

Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, Gabrovo, 1935) is a Bulgarian sculptor. In partnership with his wife, Christo is considered one of the most important exponents of Land Art.

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Artist (Vladimirov Yavachev) Christo
Typology Posters
Technique Photo
Year 1962
Editor No
Image Dimensions (cm) No
Dimensions (cm) 70 x 54.5
Subject Abstract, Architecture

Mur de Barils is an art installation realized by Christo and Jean-Claude in 1962. The artwork is an original photo of the event, it is signed and numbered in pencil by the artist on the lower left margin. Edition of 100 examples. Good conditions except for a small faded area on the upper left margin.

In 1962, Christo and Jeanne-Claude closed the Rue Visconti, in Paris, with 89 barrels of oil. The wall, which obstructed most of the traffic of the Left Bank, measured 4.2 x 3 x 0.5 meters, and was placed in Rue Visconti, one of the narrowest streets in Paris, where many important people have dwelled since 1600, such as Racine, Adrienne Lacouver, Delacroix, and Balzac. The Berlin Wall was built in August of 1961, when protests and barricades for the Algerian War were taking place in Paris. In the street, there were a few shops: a bookstore, a modern art gallery, and an antique shop. The wall was built between civic numbers 1 and 2, completely blocking the street to traffic: it cut all means of communication between Rue Bonaparte and Rue de Seine. It was constructed with metal barrels used for transporting gasoline and oil.

Christo (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, Gabrovo, 1935) is a Bulgarian sculptor. He studied at the National Academy of Art in Sofia. In 1956, Christo leaves Bulgaria to go to Prague. In 1957, Christo flees to Vienna, where he studies one semester at the Academy of Fine Arts and then, he moves to Geneva. In 1958, he joines the group of Nouveau Réalisme in Paris; in Paris, during the same year, he meets Jean-Claude, who will become his wife and his partner.  In partnership with his wife, Christo is considered one of the most important exponents of Land Art, and is well-known for his “packaging” of famous public monuments (a skyscraper in Manhattan, Pont Neuf in Paris, Porta Pinciana in Rome, the Reichstag of Berlin) and of natural elements (Wrapped Cost, Valley Curtain, Running Fence, Surrounded Islands).

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