Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ‘Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin)’, 1994, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ‘Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin)’, 1994, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ‘Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin)’, 1994, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ‘Wrapped Reichstag (Project for Berlin)’, 1994, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera

Framed.

This rare signed print with raised thermal paper was created in 1994 to raise funds for Christo's iconic Wrapped Reichstag project (1986–1994). It is signed in blue crayon by Christo and was sold by his Berlin based publisher, United Arts, to raise funds for the project. It is especially rare when signed, and uncommon stateside. There were several signed lithographs published to raise funds for this event; however, limited edition hand signed prints like this, with the raised silver thermal paper, are the most collectible. Although this particular work is unnumbered, it was thought to have been published in an edition of about 100. The project to wrap the German Parliament building was conceived by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude in the early 1970s, but was not realized until the 1990s. The structure was wrapped in polypropylene fabric, with 17,060 yards of bright blue rope holding it tight against the 220 tons of steel structure to which the wrapping was attached. A New York Times feature on the project described it as follows: "Wrapped Reichstag, by Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, is at once a work of art, a cultural event, a political happening and an ambitious piece of business. It has got Berlin into more of a celebratory mood than anything since the fall of the wall .... and as the immense project of wrapping the 101-year-old German Parliament building in more than a million square feet of aluminum-colored fabric nears its completion, crowds gather day and night to gawk, to cheer as sections of cloth are unfurled, and to watch for glimpses of the New York artist couple who are treated here like rock stars."

Paul Goldberger, who wrote the Times feature, describes the cultural, as well as aesthetic impact of wrapping the Reischstag at that moment in history. "This immense stone hulk, a heavy, bombastic building that epitomizes German excesses of the late 19th century, is rendered light, almost delicate. It takes on an ethereal beauty, and looks as if it could float away into the silvery, cloudy Berlin sky."
--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

The work comes ready to hang in the original frame.
Published by United Arts, Berlin, Germany
Overall Size: 15.25 x 11.5 in. (38.74 x 29.21 cm.)
Framed Size: 16.5 x 12.75 in. (41.91 x 32.38 cm.)

Condition:
This work has not been examined outside of its original vintage distressed metal frame, but the lithograph, as well as the collage element of raised silver thermal paper, appears to be in excellent condition. The blue crayon hand signature on the lower right recto is bold and crisp. This limited edition mixed media work has hinges and wire on the back -- and is framed and ready to hang.

Signature: Boldly hand signed lower left by Christo in blue crayon; also plate signed underneath the top image.

About Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Known collectively as “Christo” until 1994, when their works were retroactively credited to both artists, Christo Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon created large-scale environmental works—both indoors and outdoors—that altered familiar landmarks and spaces. Primarily working with silken fabrics, Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris, as well as other monuments and trees, in vibrant drapes. In 2005 they created a work known as The Gates in New York City’s Central Park, composed of 7,503 vinyl gates installed sequentially in the park and hung with saffron-colored swathes of nylon, which alluded to the tradition of Japanese torii gates placed at the entrances to Shinto shrines. Speaking of the ephemeral nature of their work, Christo once said, “I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain.”

American, Bulgarian and Moroccan-b., 1935 and 1935 - 2009, Gabrovo, Bulgaria and Casablanca, Morocco, based in New York, New York