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The ING Art Center at Place Royale is known for its amazing exhibitions. Earlier this year we visit their Guggenheim exhibition, which was an outstanding guided visit. Today we have another great one on our calendar, namely Christo and Jeanne-Claude. These world famous artists are known for wrapping structures around the globe, from the Reichstag in Berlin to Pont Neuf in Paris. We visit the Urban Projects exhibition with a professional guide. NOTE: we have limited spots for this one! Afterwards you will have some time to visit it yourself.
Floating piers at Lago d’Iseo in Northern Italy, a major tourist attraction in 2016 | by Marcio De Assis (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Urban Projects is the first retrospective museum exhibition since the 1980s of the urban projects created by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. A unique opportunity to gain a comprehensive insight into the creative process of this unclassifiable artist couple.
To evoke a number of urban projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the exhibition seeks through a careful selection of around eighty original works, whether or not these were ever carried out, ranging from Wall of Oil Barrels, Rue Visconti, Paris, 1961-62 up to the important urban project The Gates that Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized for the city of New York in 2005. These urban works of art were created by temporarily appropriating buildings, monuments or public places with a deeply symbolic value.
The Gates in Central Park, New York, in 2005 | by Morris Pearl (own work), via Wikimedia Commons
The works are selected and displayed in such a way as to emphasise the crucial importance of drawing in the genesis, evolution and aesthetic crystallisation of each of the projects. Christo sees drawing as “a path towards the real” and indulges this passion daily.
The exhibition presents a series of emblematic works, from the first schematic sketches, usually in small format, to the final drawings, complex and often large-format collages in which colour, textural effects and volume bring out their visionary character, offering a real foretaste of the actual in situ projects (source: ING Art Center)
The wrapped Pont Neuf in Paris in 1972 | by Airair (own work), via Wikimedia Commons