The Mastaba by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Identity|July/August 2020

The Mastaba by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
This month we pay tribute to a man simply known as Christo, who alongside his partner Jean-Claude, created large-scale, site-specific installations. Christo passed away earlier this year before realising his dream of creating The Mastaba – a permanent installation planned for the Abu Dhabi desert.
Aidan Imanova

Bulgarian artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, commonly known as Christo, passed away of natural causes on May 31, 2020, at his home in New York. He was 84 years old. His partner in life and work, Moroccan-born artist Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, passed away in 2009. The couple were born on the same day – June 13 1935 – in two different cities and met in Paris in the late 1950s. Their work was vast, visually impressive, and sometimes controversial; taking years, and even decades of meticulous preparation and always financed via the sale of their own artworks. From early wrapped objects to monumental outdoor projects, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's artworks transcended the traditional bounds of painting, sculpture and architecture.


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July/August 2020