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Christo Javacheff (1935-
Christo was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia from 1953 to 1956, when he moved to Prague. In 1957 Christo escaped to Vienna where he lived briefly before moving to Paris. Christo began his wrapped objects in Paris in 1958.
Reichstag Wrapped
Running Fence
Valley Curtain
Pont Neuf Wrapped
Wrapped Coast
Surrounded Islands
Umbrellas

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By sheathing the house of failed and stillborn German democracies of the Kaiser era and Weimar, Wrapped Reichstag posed the question of what the new Germany would become upon its unveiling. Like a magnet it drew Germans from both East and West. And in a manner no one could have anticipated, it raised the looming question of what their new democracy would become. This was more than anyone could have hoped for from an artwork, yet this is what Wrapped Reichstag achieved.

Wrapped Reichstag is one of the great artworks of the 20th century. It represented a unique confluence of historical site, circumstances, and monumental artistic vision, resolved with absolute formal perfection on a scale that remains mindboggling. Its historical resonance was centrally German, yet by implication it referenced the tenuous political situations confronting post-communist countries throughout eastern Europe, and thereby, the world.
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