A derelict house in Spitalfields has opened its creaking doors to give visitors a rare opportunity to step inside and have a nosey around, as the dilapidated building is currently host to an exciting exhibition of the early works of esteemed artist, Christo.
The exhibition has been curated by Elena Geuna as part of the Gagosian Open; a series of ambitious, off-site temporary projects. Titled ‘Early Works’, the display will showcase the artist’s interest in mundane, every day objects, preceding the large-scale public art installations that he became known for.
This free-to-visit exhibition will see everyday objects veiled in fabric or wrapped in plastic. The works show an artist who, even at the formative stages of his career, responded creatively to domestic and urban environments, drawing attention to overlooked details by obscuring them from view. A pair of heeled shoes, wrapped in plastic and a brass candelabra are among the works (most of which are from the 1960s and 1970s) that will be on display within the Grade II-Listed east London house.
Christo’s mixed heritage and experience as a political refugee is echoed by the history of the exhibition venue. 4 Princelet Street has been home to successive migrant families, have been built in 1723 to house Huguenot migrants (the UK’s first refugees).
Christo and his wife (and artist collaborator) Jeanne-Claude became known for their monumental contemporary art works which often involved wrapping large landscapes and buildings in fabric. Together, they impressively redefined the relationship between art and public space.
4 Princelet Street is often said to be the most photographed building in the area due to its decoratively decaying pink plasterwork. This is a rare chance to step inside the 300 year-old building and experience this truly remarkable display.
The exhibition will take place at 4 Princelet Street, Spitalfields and will run until October 22, find out more here.