Paris's Arc de Triomphe Wrapping by Christo Delayed Again, Plus Venice Biennale Dates Pushed Out

  • May 18, 2020 16:20

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Christo, L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle. Drawing 2019 in two parts. Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographic survey, hand-drawn map on vellum and tape. 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm).
Photo: André Grossmann

The long-awaited project by artist Christo to wrap Paris’s Arc de Triomphe in fabric has been pushed to 2021. Set to go on view this September, the project, which he first conceived with late wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude in 1962, involves 269,097 square feet of silvery blue fabric around the iconic arch. It has been rescheduled to September 18 through October 3, 2021.

Originally, the project was to coincide with a Centre Pompidou exhibition on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work this spring. Both the exhibition and the arch wrapping were postponed by coronavirus concerns.

Europe is slowly reopening some art institutions, but many large events have been delayed. On Monday, the international contemporary art fair Venice Biennale announced that the architecture biennale will now open in May 2021 instead of this month. The next biennale of contemporary art has been pushed to April 2022 from May 2021.

The 17th Venice Architecture Biennale is titled “How Will We Live Together?” and organized by the Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis. New York-based Italian curator Cecilia Alemani is leading the 59th Venice Art Biennale, now for 2022.

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