Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels
Til- November 27th, 2016
Perched on a hill overlooking Saint-Paul de Vence in the southeast of France 25 kilometers from Nice one of the biggest 20 th -century art collections in Europe – Fondation Maeght presents the latest grand scale work from Christo and Jeanne-Claude entitled Barrels. This project over 60 years in the making for Christo with his late wife and creative partner Jeanne-Claude measures an impressive size of of 9 meters high, 17 meters long and 9 meters wide.
The trapezoidal structure of Barrels is referred to by the artist as a Mastaba – a name used in ancient Egypt for tombs with the same shape of flat top with sloping sides built of mud-bricks or stone. This name is thought to be first used in ancient Mesopotamia for a similarly shaped bench-like structure commonly used by travellers for resting. The Mastaba form of stacking barrels has been used before in works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in past temporary installations such as their structure ‘Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside Packages’ at Cologne Harbor in 1961 and ‘1,240 Oil Barrels Mastaba’ shown in 1968 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.
The colorful installation is on display in the Giacometti courtyard of Fondation Maeght adjacent to the Miró garden labyrinth comprised of sculptures from the famous Spanish artist and ceramist Josep Llorens Artigas, permanently on display at the private art foundation. The foundation conceived by Marguerite and Aimé Maeght was completed in 1964 and houses over 12,000 works of contemporary art from Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Marc Chagall and Barbara Hepworth.
For more information go to: http://www.fondation-maeght.com