Year and place of birth: 1935, Gabrovo, Bulgaria Location: +2020, New York, USA

On Sunday the 31th of May 2020, the Bulgarian-American artist Christo died in New York City. Christo was active as an architect, sculptor, installation artist, painter and drawer. With his 'wrapping art' he gained international fame. In 1956, following his studies, he fled the communist regime in Bulgaria and settled in Paris, where he started making his first wrapped objects. He soon established links with the Paris art scene and the nouveau réalistes, with whom he is often associated. But although he too combined everyday objects in assemblages, his conceptual focus was elsewhere. He saw his work not so much as social criticism, but as a means of exploring aesthetic issues concerning concealment versus disclosure and restriction versus openness.

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