Hristo Yavashev, world-famous for his artistic pseudonym Christo, died at the age of 84 in New York.
The news was spread by his associates on Facebook and Instagram, and the message added: “Christo is living a full life, not only dreaming of things that were considered impossible, but also realizing them.”
No contemporary artist of Bulgarian origin has achieved the popularity and creative influence of Hristo Yavashev. The partnership in life and art with the late Jean-Claude Denat de Gilbon, known simply as Jean-Claude, also contributed to this. Since 1994, their works, including those from the past, have been authored by Christo and Jean-Claude.
Born in Gabrovo in the family of a famous manufacturer, Hristo emigrated to the West in 1957, married Jean-Claude in 1959 and the two have lived in the United States since 1964. He lived in New York for 56 years. In 1973, after being stateless for 17 years, he became a US citizen. He did not return to Bulgaria until his death.
His latest project was to pack the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, he was forced to postpone it for a year. Its implementation continues.
“The works of Christo and Jean-Claude brought people together in a shared experience around the planet and their work continues to live in our hearts and memories,” added today’s announcement from his office. “Christo and Jean-Claude have always emphasized that they want their artistic work to continue after their deaths. Therefore, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped according to Christo’s will, will be realized between September 18 and October 3, 2021.
In addition, in 2020, from July 1 to October 19, the Pompidou Center will host a major exhibition on the life and work of the two in Paris.
In 1985, Christo wrote in a letter: “Beauty, silence and art will always triumph.” Today, these words sound louder than ever, says the announcement of his death.
Christo and Jean-Claude experimented with packaging objects, buildings and entire natural landmarks, crossing the boundaries of painting, sculpture and architecture. Some of them are world famous:
– Packed Beach in Australia (1968-69)
– The Curtain in the Colorado Valley (1970-72)
– The Running Fence in California (1972-76)
– The Surrounded Islands of Miami (1980-83)
– The Packed Pont Neuf Bridge in Paris (1975-85)
– Umbrellas in Japan / USA (1984-91)
– The Packed Reichstag in Berlin (1972-95)
– Gates in Central Park, New York (1979-2005).
During his lifetime, Christo managed to implement two more projects and they were in Europe – the Floating Quays in the Italian Lake Iseo (2014-16) and the London Mastaba in Lake Serpentine in the British capital (2016-18).
“Dnevnik” offers the most sincere condolences to the family and relatives of Hristo Yavashev.