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Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a collaborative artist duo known for their monumental environmental installations which often saw the wrapping of architecture and natural elements in fabric. Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff on June 13, 1935, in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, Christo met his wife Jeanne-Claude Marie Denat while living in Paris. She was born on the exact same day as her husband, June 13, 1935, in Casablanca, Morocco. Christo studied at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, while Jeanne-Claude graduated with a degree in Latin and philosophy from the University of Tunis. Christo used smaller found objects in his earlier works, wrapping cars or furniture, and eventually transitioned to larger-scale works once he began to collaborate with Jeanne-Claude. The pair emigrated to the United States in 1964, where they worked creating storefronts to help fund their early artistic collaborations.

Over the following decades, the collaborators gained a reputation through their international projects and participation in documenta 4. Their installations of unprecedented scale were impressive not only in their presentation but also in the extensive planning and detailed drawings required. Jeanne-Claude died on November 18, 2009 in New York, NY and Christo passed away on May 31, 2020 also in New York, NY. Their works are held in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musée d’art modern et d’art contemporain in Nice, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.

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