The Exhibition

The Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia presents the Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Water Projects exhibition opening April 7, 2016, curated by Germano Celant in collaboration with the artist and his studio. The show will offer an unprecedented display of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s water-related projects, that is those based on rural and urban landscapes characterized by the presence of water in the form of an ocean, a sea, a lake, or a river.

With over 150 exhibits comprising the artists’ original preparatory studies, drawings and collages, complemented by scale-models, photos of the finished projects, videos, and films, inside the museum’s 2000 square meter exhibition space, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Water Projects presents a chronological display of the artists’ monumental works since the early Sixties and illustrates their seven Water Projects, from Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia, 1968-1969 to The Floating Piers, Project for Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-16.

The exhibition aims at presenting the projects within a historical framework, contextualizing their evolution, from 1961 to the present day, illustrating the artists’ water-related works in their different stages of realization, from the first concept sketches, to the drawings, collages and models that follow, all the way to the actual realization of the work documented in the form of photos and videos.

This exhibition has been conceived as a complement to The Floating Piers installation open on Lake Iseo from June 18 to July 3, 2016, which marks Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s return to Italy after forty years.
The exhibition concludes with a multimedia section which allows visitors to discover how this gigantic installation is put together.
This is an area in continual evolution that lets you follow all the stages in the work's construction – and also see The Floating Piers after it has been dismantled, in the pictures taken by visitors who have shared the experience of walking on water.


Image: Floating Piers (Project for Lake Iseo, Italy)
2015 Photo: André Grossmann © Christo 2015 

The Exhibition

With over 150 studies, drawings, collages, models and photographs from many Italian and international collections, the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Water Projects, curated by Germano Celant in collaboration with Christo and his studio, presents for the first time a full reconstruction of the water-related monumental past or currently ongoing projects from 1968 to 2016.

Chronology

The Chronology section of the exhibition, consisting of original works, scale models, photographs and original documents, offers an introduction to the large-scale environmental works designed and realized since the early Sixties up to the present day, including those which Christo has continued working on even after Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009. From Wall of Oil Barrels - The Iron Curtain, Rue Visconti, Paris, 1961-1962, to Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-1995, from Wrapped Monuments, Milano, Italy, 1970, to Wrapped Trees, Fondation Beyeler and Berower Park, Riehen, Switzerland,1997-1998, from Valley Curtain, Rifle, Colorado,1970-1972 to The Gates, Central Park, New York City, 1979-2005, the exhibit spans over fifty years of activity including over thirty of the artists’ projects and works.

Water Projects

Water first appeared in Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s artistic output in Wrapped Coast – a project developed in Australia in the late nineteen-sixties – and has since then been part of other six projects up to today’s 2016 The Floating Piers project. Besides working with oceans and lakes, the artists have also dealt with river landscapes, such as in Over the River, Arkansas River, State of Colorado, ongoing since 1992, and The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris, France, 1975-1985, and with a bay landscape, as for instance in Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-1983, always drawing their focus onto each of these site’s natural environments as well as onto man’s multifaceted presence in terms of human settlement, economy and society.

This exhibition has been conceived as a complement to The Floating Piers installation open on Lake Iseo from June 18 to July 3, 2016, which marks Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s return to Italy after forty years.
The exhibition concludes with a multimedia section which allows visitors to discover how this gigantic installation is put together.
This is an area in continual evolution that lets you follow all the stages in the work's construction – and also see The Floating Piers after it has been dismantled, in the pictures taken by visitors who have shared the experience of walking on water.

Image: Wrapped Walk Ways (Project for Loos Park, Kansas City, Missouri)
Photo: Eeva-Inkeri © Christo 1978

The Floating Piers

 The installation The Floating Piers, that will be set up and open to viewers on Lake Iseo from June 18 to July 3, 2016, will lead visitors along a three-kilometre route across the Lake’s waters and along its shores.

The work will consist of 70.000 square meters of shimmering orange fabric covering a sequence of 16-meter-wide modular floating piers made with 200.000 cubes of high-density polyethylene. The itinerary will stretch across land and water, from Sulzano to Monte Isola, also comprising the Island of San Paolo. 

www.thefloatingpiers.com

Live images from The Floating Piers

Informations and booking

CUP Centro Unico Prenotazioni - Exhibition Booking Centre
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Opening days and hours

April 7 – June 15
From Tuesday to Sunday
From Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm
Thursday special opening until 10.00 pm

June 16 – September 18
Tuesday – Sunday 10.30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday special opening until 10.00 p.m.

Closed every Monday, except on public holidays


Special openings
April 25, June 20 and 27, August 15 and every Thursday until 10.00 pm

Tickets

€ 10,00 full price
€ 8,00 reduced (groups and discount card holders)
€ 6,00 special reduction (14-18 years-old, over-65s, university and academy students)
€ 4,50 (6-13 years-old and school groups)
€ 6,00 (school groups with educational activity)
€ 1,50 (primary school groups with educational activity)
€ 110,00 guided tours (price for each group min 10 max 25 participants)
€ 4 per person for guided tour service on Thursday at 6.30 pm and 8.15 pm, and on Sunday at 15.30 pm

Single ticket (full price and reduced) includes the audioguide.

Family Tickets

€ 20,50 Family with single child (up to 18)
€ 25,00 Family with two children (up to 18)
€ 29,50 Family with three or more children (up to 18)

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Exhibition catalogue

 

The exhibition catalogue, edited by Germano Celant, will be published in a bilingual Italian-English edition by Silvana Editoriale, Milan. The publication will include a chronological listing of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s large-scale projects (even those that were never realized) from 1961 to 2016, with particular focus on the single Water Projects. Every project – either accomplished, ongoing, or never realized – will be introduced by an explanatory text accompanied by images of the preliminary sketches, and photo-documentation of the preparatory works and final set up.

Visits and Workshops

Brescia Museums Foundation offers guided tours of the exhibition, and a variety of educational activities to introduce school groups of all ages to the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude.

Guided Exhibition Tours

GROUPS

For the entire duration of the exhibition guided tours may be booked for whenever the museum is open.

Duration
1 h 30 m
Tickets reduced price for groups
€ 8 per person (1 free for group organizer)
Guide
€ 110 per group (min 15 max 25 persons)

INDIVIDUALS

Exhibition guides are available
Every Thursday at 6.30 pm and 8.15 pm
Every Sunday at 3.30 pm

Duration
about 1 h 30 m
Tickets
€ 8 reductions - € 4,50 children 6-13
Guide
€ 4 per person

CUP Centro Unico Prenotazioni

Booking required at 'CUP'
Guided tours will start when there are at least 10 participants.

CUP Centro Unico Prenotazioni
Exhibition Booking Centre

All days 10-16
Tel. 030/2977834-833
santagiulia@bresciamusei.com

SCHOOLS - educational activities

Guided tour for the exhibition
For primary and secondary schools
The tour will introduce the participants to the works on display guiding them towards the understanding of the projects in their different stages of development. The guides will adopt specific communication methods and contents according to the group’s age level.

Guided exhibition tour in English
intended for secondary/high school groups

Educational Workshops

WATER!

For children in their last year of preschool or at primary school
A journey across the water’s shapes and transformations. Water: an element of nature that Christo and Jeanne-Claude have worked with in its various forms, be it river, lake, sea or ocean, to discover its characteristics and different ways of representation.

DISCOVER AND COVER - empaquetages.

For primary school
This workshop focuses on Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s most famous projects, the empaquetages, the wrapping up of objects and even buildings with fabric and string.
The activity is based on the surprise effect the object generates when it is wrapped up and transformed, highlighting is formal and symbolic value.

ON THE WATER SURFACE

For secondary schools
The activity centres on the methods employed in designing and preparing large scale environmental works. Starting from Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, participants will analyse the structure of the territory, the spirt of the intervention, the materials and their colour impact, in order to envision a “new” macroscopic sign within that very landscape.

Duration about 1 h 30 m

Tickets

€ 1.50 pre-school
€ 6.00 primary and secondary/high school
€ 8.00 English language exhibition visit
Two free tickets are provided for accompanying teachers

CUP Centro Unico Prenotazioni
Exhibition Booking Centre
All days 10-16
Tel. 030/2977834-833 
santagiulia@bresciamusei.com

The guided tours are targeted to different age groups, offering a suitable level of information and different communication methods according to the groups’ needs. Guided tours of the exhibition and workshops are open also to adults and families.

Exclusive Visits

It is possible to make exclusive visits to the exhibition when it is closed to the public. As accompaniments to the visit, Brescia Museums Foundation is available upon request to organize special dinners and receptions in the Santa Giulia museum areas, which are certain to make your visit a memorable event.


Image: The Gates (Project for Central Park, New York City)
Photo: Wolfgang Volz Ref #70 © Christo 2003 



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