From 1958–1973, Harry Shunk and János Kender, based initially in Paris and later in New York, photographed the major European and American artists of the era. This exhibition presents selections from the Shunk-Kender photographs depicting Christo and Jeanne-Claude, project staff, visitors, works of art, and related locations during the 1960s to early 1970s, including extensive documentation of two major site-specific installations, Wrapped Coast and Valley Curtain.
The Umbrellas was completed in autumn 1991 in Southern California, US, and the northern part of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, simultaneously. In this temporary work of art, 1,760 yellow umbrellas were dotted about in the hilly area in California while 1,340 blue umbrellas were open in the rice fields in Ibaraki. The size of each umbrella was huge, six meters tall with a diameter of 8.7 meters. During the eighteen-day exhibition period, there were 500,000 visitors in Japan and 2 million in the US. This retrospective exhibition includes Christo’s original drawings for the project, photographs, original documents, components of the realized project and scale models.