Christo Javacheff

1935 (Gabrovo, Bulgaria)

He said that most of his friends weren’t artists, perhaps because of their competitiveness. In Prague he hung around Burian’s theatre, and through him first got to see art by 20th C ‘greats.’ He met Rainer (describing him as ‘very nice’) when he escaped to Vienna, and then in Germany met Stockhausen, and Paik and other Fluxus types. Saint Phalle, Spoerri, Arman, Klein and Tinguely were fellow Nouveaux Réalistes, Jeanne-Claude his partner. Johnson was a correspondent. Schulz spoke out in support; Christo wrapped Snoopy’s kennel for him, and gave Maciunas a wrapped flower.