Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski
Library Shelf Location 18.BOLT
Publication Date Sep 1997
Description Christian Boltanski came to prominence in the 1980s with major exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 1984 and the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 1990. This text explores his art, arguing that it hovers between the trauma of the extermination camp depot and the redemption of a memorial shrine. Boltanski can be described as an alchemist, philosopher, potential suicide, clown or Rasputin. His work has ranged from the creation of an "ironic museum of the self" to sensitive portrayals of ordinary people. His installations are made up of collections of everyday objects such as clothing or shoes; and photographs - such as passport photographs, school portraits and family albums. They memorialize ordinary people - the unknown children killed in the Holocaust, the people of a Swiss canton, or the employees of a Halifax carpet factory. Recently he worked on a production of Schubert's Winter Reisse at the Lyric Theatre, London, and will continue to work on theatrical and operatic productions. Interview. Tamar Garb in conversation with Christian Boltanski --Survey. Boltanski : from the impossible life to the exemplary life / Didier Semin -- Focus. In the cathedral/dungeon of childhood : Christian Boltanski's monument : The Children of Dijon / Donald Kuspit -- Artist's choice. W or the memory of childhood (extract), 1975 ; I remember ; An attempt at exhausting a Parisian site, 1974 / Georges Perec -- Artist's writings. Research and presentation of all that remains of my childhood, 1944-50, ; Venice biennale 1938-Venice biennale 1993 ; Daily report, 1994 ; What they remember, 1990 / Christian Boltanski.
ISBN 9780714836584
Quantity 1
Pages 160
Authors Didier Semin, Tamar Garb, Donald Kuspit, Georges Perec
Format Paperback
Publisher Phaidon Press Ltd, London
Related Artist Christian Boltanski
Categories Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Death, Holocaust, Memory
Artist's Nationality French
Language English

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