Christo, Jeanne-Claude, and the wrapped-up king
On September 20, 1870, the infantry corps of the ‘bersaglieri’ entered Rome after breaching the Aurelian Walls near Porta Pia, bringing the Papal State down in order to annex the region of Lazio to the Kingdom of Italy. In 1970, a century later the so-called “capture of Rome”, Christo and Jeanne-Claude (born Christo Vladimirov Yavachev and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon) wrapped up the equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel II in Piazza Duomo in Milan.
They wrapped a monument to the first king of the unified state, and one of the most important symbols of the Italian Risorgimento.
Their artistic endeavor obviously had no political or social subtext, just the goal of striking the viewer and giving joy… albeit intertwined with a strong feeling of estrangement.