Art / Openings Outside Tokyo


Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Umbrellas Japan-USA 1984-91 — A Documentation Exhibition


by Mark Jarnes

Staff Writer

Oct. 1-Dec. 4

Christo and Jeanne-Claude (Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude) gained international acclaim for their large-scale outdoor works designed to aesthetically change the landscape. Particularly famous for wrapping buildings, monuments and landscape in swathes of colored fabric, their works were always visible from a distance. “The Umbrellas” (1984-91) opened to the public in the U.S. and Japan simultaneously, and involved installing 1,760 giant yellow umbrellas in the hills and valleys of California, and 1,340 blue umbrellas in rice fields in Ibaraki Prefecture.

This exhibition includes the original drawings for the project, as well as photographs, documents and scale models. There will also be an opening lecture given by Christo, as well as gallery tours for the disabled and families with children.

Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito; 1-6-8 Goken-cho, Mito, Ibaraki. Mito Stn. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon. 029-227-8120;

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