Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrap Up the Reichstag | Lost Art

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Wrapped Reichstag temporarily erased the famous landmark for two weeks in 1995.

The Gallery of Lost Art was an online exhibition that told the stories of vanished artworks. Whether destroyed, stolen, discarded or erased some of the most significant artworks of the last 100 years have been lost and can no longer be seen.

In 1995 for their piece Wrapped Reichstag artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered the German landmark with 100,000 square metres of billowing silver-grey fabric, tied by over fifteen kilometres of blue ropes – for two weeks only.

Christo compared the temporary nature of the wrapped Reichstag to the tents used by nomadic tribesmen, quickly erected and equally quickly removed, and to the transience of life itself. ‘It is a kind of naiveté and arrogance’, he commented, ‘to think that this thing stays forever, for eternity. All these projects have this strong dimension of missing, of self-effacement … they will go away, like our childhood, our life. They create a tremendous intensity when they are there for a few days


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