Christo (Christo Javacheff) Wrapped Cans. Part of Inventory 1959–60

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Wrapped Cans. Part of Inventory
Inventaires
Date 1959–60
Medium Metal, canvas and string
Dimensions Object: 120 x 105 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03290
Not on display

Display caption

Christo began wrapping and transforming ordinary objects, such as these enamel paint tins, in Paris in the late 1950s. The paint tins were bought from a hardware store, or retrieved from discarded rubbish. As the title suggests, this work was intended as part of a room-sized work called Inventory which included numerous wrapped, painted and stacked bottles, tins, barrels and wooden boxes, reflecting Christo's preoccupation with the twentieth-century phenomenon of packaging.

March 2003

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