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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Two Works in Progress

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Culture / Lecture
english language

Christo will share images and commentary regarding his two works “Over The River” and “The Mastaba”, as well as the many previous projects that he and his wife Jeanne-Claude have completed around the world. In his project ‘Over The River’, Christo suspended 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Canñon City in south-central Colorado. The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, was conceived in 1977. It will be the largest sculpture in the world, made from 410,000 multi-coloured barrels to form a mosaic of bright sparkling colours, echoing Islamic architecture.

Speakers

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna Introduction
Director, Galerie Schmidt, Reith i. Alpbachtal Introduction
Artist, New York Key Note
Curator, Albertina, Vienna Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1973-1979 Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1978 Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
1979-1984 Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1985-1989 Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck
1989-1994 Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna
1995-2004 European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels
2005-2011 Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna
2005-2015 Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels
2014-2015 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015
since 2012 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2016 President, Board of Trustees to the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna

Ing. Gottfried SCHMIDT

Director, Galerie Schmidt, Reith i. Alpbachtal

seit 1996 Galerist in Reith - Galerie Schmidt
seit 2001 Galerist in Hall in Tirol - Galerie "Goldener Engel"
2016 21. Ausstellung für das Europäische Forum Alpbach in der Galerie Schmidt

Christo Wladimirow JAWASCHEW

Artist, New York

1953-1956 Studies at Fine Art Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
 Artistic projetcs (Selection):
1957 Studies one semester at Fine Arts Academy, Vienna, Austria
1961 First collaboration with Jean-Claude: Stacked Oil Barrels and Dockside packages, Cologne Harbor
1969 Wrapped Museum of Contempory Art, Chicago
1974 The Wall - Wrapped Roman Wall, Via Veneto and Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy
1977 The Mastaba, Project for United Arab Emirates. In progress
1984 Wrapped Floors and Stairways and Covered Windows, Architekturmuseum Basel, Switzerland
1975-1985 The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris
1992 Over The River, Project for Arkansas River, State of Colorado. In porgess
1999 The Wall, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany
2005 The Gates, Central Park, New York City
2013 Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany

Elsy LAHNER

Curator, Albertina, Vienna

2005-2011 Independent curator and organizer of various national and international exhibition projects
2007 Co-founder of the art space das weisse haus, Vienna
2007-2011 Co-director of das weisse haus
2008 Initiator of a foundation for art and knowledge transfer, Vienna and Yokohama
2008-2009 Curator-in-residence at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
  Member of the advisory board for fine arts at the Federal Chancellery of Austria
  Jury member of the Klockerstiftung, Innsbruck
  Member of the committee for Drawing Now art fair, Paris
since 2011 Curator for contemporary art, Albertina, Vienna

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