L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

Project for Paris
Since 1962

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, initially planned for the fall 2020, has been postponed by one year. The new dates are: Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021.

Christo, in close collaboration with the Centre des Monuments Nationaux and the Centre Pompidou, will create a temporary artwork in Paris entitled L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris), Place de l'Étoile – Charles de Gaulle. This work of art will be on view for 16 days from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The Arc de Triomphe will be wrapped in 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue, and 7,000 meters of red rope.

As a prelude to L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, a major exhibition, presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou, will retrace Christo and Jeanne-Claude's years in Paris from 1958 to 1964, as well as the story of The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Project for Paris, 1975-85. "The exhibition at the Centre Pompidou will reveal the historical context of the period during which we lived and worked in Paris," says Christo.

In 1961, three years after they met in Paris, Christo and Jeanne-Claude began creating works of art in public spaces. One of their projects was to wrap a public building. At the time, Christo, who was renting a small room near the Arc de Triomphe, made several studies of a project there, including, in 1962, a photomontage of the Arc de Triomphe wrapped, seen from the Avenue Foch. In the 1970s and 1980s, Christo created a few additional studies. Almost 60 years later, the project will finally be concretized.

L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will be entirely funded by Christo through the sale of his preparatory studies, drawings and collages of the project as well as scale models, works from the 1950s and 1960s and original lithographs on other subjects. It will receive no public funds.

The Centre des monuments nationaux, the government institution that manages the Arc de Triomphe, is pleased about the realization of a project that demonstrates its commitment to contemporary creation and that honors one of the most emblematic monuments in Paris and in France.

The Eternal Flame, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe, will continue to burn throughout the preparation and display of the artwork. As always, veterans associations and volunteers committed to the values of the French Republic will ensure the continuity of remembrance and the daily ceremony of rekindling the flame that pays homage to the Unknown Soldier and those who lost their lives fighting for France.

"Thirty-five years after Jeanne-Claude and I wrapped the Pont-Neuf, I am eager to work in Paris again to realize our project for the Arc de Triomphe," says Christo.

Wrapped Public Building (Project for Arc de Triomphe, Paris)
Christo
Wrapped Public Building (Project for Arc de Triomphe, Paris)
Photomontage 1962
9 7/8 x 27 7/8" (25.2 x 70.8 cm)
Photo: Harry Shunk
© 1962 Christo
Jeanne-Claude on the Pont de la Tournelle, Paris, 1962
Jeanne-Claude on the Pont de la Tournelle, Paris, 1962
Photo: Christo
Christo on the Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, 1962
Christo on the Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, 1962
Photo: Jeanne-Claude
The Arc de Triomphe on Place de l’Étoile – Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 1960s
The Arc de Triomphe on Place de l’Étoile – Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 1960s
Photo: Archive
Arc de Triumphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris)
Christo
Arc de Triumphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris)
Collage 1988
28 x 22" (71 x 56 cm)
Pencil, fabric, twine, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon, map and Photostat
Photo: André Grossmann
© 1988 Christo
The Arc de Triomphe on Place de l’Étoile – Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 2017
The Arc de Triomphe on Place de l’Étoile – Charles de Gaulle, Paris, 2017
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
L’Arc de Triumph, Wrapped (Project for Paris)
Christo
L’Arc de Triumph, Wrapped (Project for Paris)
Collage 2018
14 3/4 x 10 3/8" (37.5 x 26.4 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon and aerial photograph on paper
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, Wrapped (Place de Charles de Gaulle) Project
Christo
The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile, Wrapped (Place de Charles de Gaulle) Project
Collage 2017
14 x 11" (35.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2017 Christo
The Arc de Triumph (Project for Paris, Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle) Wrapped
Christo
The Arc de Triumph (Project for Paris, Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle) Wrapped
Drawing 2018
30 1/2 x 26 1/4" (77.5 x 66.7 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint and tape on brown board
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2018 Christo
L'Arc de Triumph, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triumph, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Collage 2019
17 x 22" (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
L'Arc de Triumph, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile - Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triumph, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile - Charles de Gaulle
Collage 2019
14 x 11" (35.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographic survey, hand-drawn map on vellum and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Collage 2019
14 x 11" (35.5 x 28 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Collage 2019
17 x 22" (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, architectural and topographic survey, hand-drawn map on vellum and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile - Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile - Charles de Gaulle
Collage 2019
11 x 8 1/2" (28 x 21.5 cm)
Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz and tape on brown board
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographic survey, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Project for Paris - Place de l'Etoile - Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, Project for Paris - Place de l'Etoile - Charles de Gaulle
Collage 2019 in two parts
30 1/2 x 26 1/4" and 30 1/2 x 12" (77.5 x 66.7 cm and 77.5 x 30.5 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, fabric, twine, enamel paint, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographic survey, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
96 x 15" and 96 x 42" (244 x 38 cm and 244 x 106.6 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographic survey, map and tape
Private collection, Bermuda
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, technical data, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 65" and 42 x 65" (38 x 165 cm and 106.6 x 165 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, architectural and topographic survey, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, technical data, map and tape
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2019 in two parts
15 x 65" and 42 x 65" (38 x 165 cm and 106.6 x 165 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, map and fabric sample
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2019 Christo
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L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Christo
L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle
Drawing 2020 in two parts
15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm)
Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, map and fabric sample
Photo: André Grossmann
© 2020 Christo
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