Limited edition of 2,500 copies worldwide, each signed and numbered by Christo, Jeanne-Claude and Wolfgang Volz
The first and only of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's projects to span simultaneaously two continents, and one of their most spectacular and memorable creations: 1,340 blue six metre umbrellas were assembled and erected in Ibaraki, Japan, and 1,760 yellow umbrellas in California, USA. After months of gruelling process, the two countries united as the forest of umbrellas were opened simultaneously on both continents. The blue symbolised the plentitude of water in the Japanese terrain, and the yellow represented the heat of the American valley. For Christo the umbrellas were "freestanding, dynamic modules... which reflected the availability of the land in each valley, creating an invitational, inner space".
Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project The Umbrellas, Japan - USA, 1984-1991 was the most ambitious and expensive project they have ever undertaken. This comprehensive project book documents the art work from conception to completion:
The umbrellas were removed after two weeks, but the memories of this unrepeatable and transient endeavour have been collected in this official book of documentation: Thousands of photographs, plans, sketches, notes and a retrospective text provide the core source material, covering every stage of the project from inception to aftermath. A very special edition indeed.
The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude began their collaboration in 1961, and lived in New York City from 1964. Their large-scale projects include Wrapped Coast, Australia, 1968–69; Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado, 1970–72; Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972–76; Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Florida, 1980–83; The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, 1975–85; The Umbrellas, Japan–USA, 1984–91; Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971–95; Wrapped Trees, Riehen, Switzerland, 1997–98; The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979–2005; and The Floating Piers, 2014–16. Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.
Wolfgang Volz has worked with Christo and Jeanne-Claude as the exclusive photographer of their works since 1971. He was also project director (with Roland Specker) for Wrapped Reichstag and (with Josy Kraft) for Wrapped Trees, and was in charge of The Wall - 13,000 Oil Barrels, 1999. His close collaboration has resulted in many books and more than 300 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.
Dokumentations-Ausstellung Verhüllter Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95, Reichstag Berlin, Germany, November 25, 2015 - December 31, 2017
|Author||Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Wolfgang Volz|
|Series||CE (Collector's Editions)|
|Cover||Hardcover in slipcase|
|Dimensions||cm 30,0 x 27,5|