Sixty Years of Christo at the Serpentine Galleries

Sixty Years of Christo at the Serpentine Galleries
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Over seven-thousand overlapping barrels, painted red, white and blue, float on Serpentine Lake in the heart of Hyde Park, creating a sort of abstract painting on the water. This is the grand work of Christo and his wife Jeanne Claude - their first public open-air installation in the U.K. - entitled London Mastaba and which, from 10 July, can also be explored using virtual reality through the App Acute Art. The sculpture, twenty metres high, which draws inspiration from the mastaba, a type of monumental Egyptian tomb, getting its name from the word for “bench” or “stand”, is complemented by the exhibition on Christo at the Serpentine Galleries, which will remain on display for the entire period of the installation itself. The Gallery itself is simultaneously hosting a large exhibition dedicated to the artist’s project begun a few decades ago with his wife Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009. This exhibition will offer new perspectives on the careers of the two artists, retracing the roots of this kind of work as well, beginning with decorated paint cans and barrels, starting with the first public installation by exponents of Land Art in the port of Cologne in 1961. Starting in the Sixties, in fact, Christo and Jeanne-Claude created strange and striking installations around the world, all of them temporary. She died in 2009, but their artistic work continues.
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London