Category: Christo

Pulling back the curtain on Christo’s Reichstag

[caption id="attachment_4375" align="aligncenter" width="981"] Reichstag Verhüllung von Christo 1995 (Foto: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Gertrud K.)[/caption] The idea for the Reichstag project was initially proposed way back in 1971, by Michael S. Cullen, an American, living in Berlin, when he sent a postcard to the artist duo Christo and Jean-Claude. The two had already established the presentation of wrapped objects as the motif for their artistic oevre, since meeting in Paris in 1958, when Christo was commissioned to paint a portrait of Jean-Claude's mother. Their first joint project would be a waterside display of wrapped oil barrels and dockside parcels at the port of Cologne in 1961. It took eight days for the couple to wrap the Reichstag building in 1995 and from the 24th June it is estimated that around five million people visited the work of art during the short two weeks of its existence. At the time, the…