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The artist Christo died at the age of 84



The artist Christo died at the age of 84

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known for his monumental environmental artwork with his late wife, Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, has died. He is 84 years old.

Together, known only as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, they wrapped iconic landmarks in fabric, such as Pont Neuf in Paris in 1985 and Reichstag in Berlin in 1995; and installed thousands of orange gates in Central Park, fragrant from the sacred Japanese torii gate, in 2005.

Christo died on Sunday 31 May at his home in New York, according to a statement made at Artist’s official Twitter account.

He was abandoned by his son, Cyril Christo, a photographer, filmmaker and animal rights activist. Jeanne-Claude died after a brain aneurysm in 2009.

Christo: ‘I am an artist who is totally irrational’

After his death, Christo dedicated himself to completing their concept. In 2016, he realized their work “The Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo Italy, a project they envisioned in 1970. For 16 days, a golden path appeared on the lake, supported by 220,000 polyethylene cubes. Like many of their works, it was a popular success. About 270,000 people showed up to walk on water during the first five days.

In 2018, Christo launched “The London Mastaba,” a floating installation on Lake Serpentine in London made of more than 7,000 barrels of oil. It was the first major public outdoor work in the UK. His next work is to appear in Paris, in September 2021 – the long-awaited wrapper of one of the most famous war memorials in the world, the Arc de Triomphe. In May 2020, Christo told CNN that he did not believe it really happened. “I never believed that we would get permission -” I was stunned. “

A statement announcing his death also indicated that the Paris project would continue: “Christo and Jeanne-Claude always explained that their ongoing art work continued after their death. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) is still on track for 18 September – October 3, 2021. “

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day on June 13, 1935 – Christo in Bulgaria and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. In 1957, Christo attended a semester at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna before finally landing in Paris, where he met Jeanne-Claude in 1958. He had begun to wrap things, such as furniture and oil drums, and they began to work together in 1961 For decades, the couple only used the name Christo, until 1994 when Jeanne-Claude was added retroactively to many works as collaborators.

Artists insist that their ambitious project is about “excitement and beauty,” as Jeanne-Claude once said in 2002. However, they did not create their works in a political vacuum, and for one of the earliest collaborations they piled barrels of oil to the barricades of a street in Paris in protest at the Berlin Wall.

Facing Christo and Jeanne-Claude temporarily changing the land and the cityscape can be an overwhelming experience, changing perceptions, and they take years – and sometimes decades to do. Outfitting Reichstag takes 24 years from concept to completion; the artists considered the early work as part of their art too, calling it the “software” period while the “hardware” period included the time when physical work was realized.

“Surrounded Islands,” Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83 Credit: Wolfgang Volz / Christo and Jeanne-Claude

In 1980, the couple began planning “Surrounded Islands,” renting 11 islands in Biscayne Bay Miami from the city for almost $ 13,000 to surround their perimeter in bright pink polypropylene fabric.

For three years, they tirelessly worked with their staff – which included lawyers, civil and marine engineers, marine biologists and manatees specialists – to live their vision, face a number of obstacles to obtaining permission and federal. The lawsuit was initiated by wildlife paramedics. “Surrounded Islands,” was finally formalized in 1983, and was considered important for the rejuvenation of Miami in the 1980s as a cultural destination. The couple responded to any criticism of environmental problems for their work, insisting they returned each site to its original state – and in the case of the “Surrounding Islands,” cleared nearly 40 tons of waste land.

Christo ever explained himself as “an educated Bulgarian Marxist who has learned to use capitalism for his art.” They are very independent, avoiding dependence on the world of art to support their work financially. They fund themselves, often selling preparatory drawings to do.

“We pay with our money! Without grants, there is no money from the industry,” he said at the opening of “The London Mastaba” in 2018. “All these projects were initiated by us. Nobody asked us to do it. Nobody asked us to do it. “to wrap up the Reichstag. Nobody asked us to install a floating dock. We decided to do what we wanted to do.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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