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 Boltanski, Christian (1944 - )
France

364 Suisses Morts, 1990

364 black and white photographs, light bulbs and electric wire;
0 x 0 cm
Conceptualism

UID 102-67



Biography

French artist born in Paris. Boltanski has spent his artistic life working with the most ephemeral of materials - photographs, newspaper clippings, wires, found snapshots, clothing, candles, light bulbs, - to examine and to mark our transitory passing here on earth. Using the photograph as a central image of his work, Boltanski demonstrates its signficance to our understanding, and shows us how the concept of monuments - typically large stone or bronze sculptures whose permanence is an anchor against forgetting the dead - can be subverted yet still hold significant meaning. Boltanski's Les Suisses morts, dealing with the Holocaust, may be even more meaningful because its fragile materials suggest life's fragility and the lost lives of those who have disappeared from the earth through genocide. Through his use of the photograph in these and other works, Boltanski suggests the power of the photograph to produce in us longing, nostalgia, and melancholy for the lives of those pictured, whether we know they perished in a holocaust or not. Selected exhibitions: 1972 "documenta" 5, Kassel, and in 1977. 1973, first exhibition in the US, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, Galleria Lucio Amelio, Naples, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981, retrospective, ARC, Paris, 1984, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1986, "Photography as Performance", The Photographers Gallery, London, 1995, Kunsthalle, Vienna, 1995-96, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Compostela.



Exhibitions

Christian Boltanski (Hamburger Kunsthalle)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
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Christian Boltanski (Musée de Grenoble)
Musée de Grenoble, France
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Christian Boltanski (Sala Rekhalde)
Sala Rekalde, Spain
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Christian Boltanski (Whitechapel Art Gallery)
Whitechapel Art Gallery, United Kingdom
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Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
10-10-2003 ~ 13-03-2004

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Face - a - Face
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
02-10-2001 ~ 30-04-2001

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Berardo Museum
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 16-09-2007

Observers
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
14-02-2011 ~ 29-05-2011


Bibliography

Christian Boltanski, Inventar
Published by Hamburger Kunsthalle

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176856

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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