Christian Boltanski

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Through his artistic work Christian Boltanski (* 1944, † 2021, Paris) explores the topics of memory, transcience and identity. He became known for his installations that both relate to his own childhood experience as well as fictional life stories. In order to construct these biographies he collects findings, everyday photography and replicated objects, and arranges in vitrines simulating an anthropological representation. An important focus also lies on the memory value of materials. This includes the photographic works that have been enlarged and overexposed to the point of abstraction. Furthermore, the artist uses the technique of shadow play since the 1980s in order to visualise motifs from the pictorial tradition of the danse macabre. His work was shown several times at the documenta as well as in the French pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. His works can also be found in the collections of MoMA (New York City), Tate (London) or the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Galerie Klüser has been representing Boltanski since 1996. The artist lived and worked in the Parisian suburb Malakoff.

Biography

 
*1944, † 2021, Paris, France. The artist lived and worked in Paris, France. Galerie Klüser has been representing Christian Boltanski since 1996.
 
1994Kunstpreis Aachen, Aachen, Germany
1997Roland-Preis for art in public spaces by the “Stiftung Bremer Bildhauerpreis”, Bremen, Germany
2006Praemium Imperiale (for sculpture), Japan Art Association, Tokyo, Japan
   

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AT GALERIE KLÜSER AND KLÜSER 2

 
2020IL MONDO UMANO, Group Show
2016JUST BLACK AND WHITE, Group Show
2011SELECTED WORKS, Group Show
2010PHOTO BASED, Group Show
2008REFLECTIONS ON LIGHT – 30 YEARS GALERIE BERND KLÜSER, Group Show
   

SELECTED (SOLO AND GROUP) EXHIBITIONS

 
2019LIFETIME, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan, Solo Show
2018LIFETIME, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, Solo Show
2017-2018ANIMITAS, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, Germany, Group Show
CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI – NA, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Solo Show
2017ÉTRANGER RÉSIDENT- The Marin Karmitz Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France, Group Show
CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI- Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany, Solo Show
I REMEMBER NOT REMEMBERING, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, USA, Group Show
ARTIST’S ROOMS AT K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, Group Show
2016-2017LOSS. IN MEMORY OF BABI YAR, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine, Group Show
2015-2016CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI ANIMITAS, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scottland, Solo Show
2015-2016CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI. DOPO, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy, Solo Show
2015CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI, MAC’s, Hornu, Belgium, Solo Show
2013BEWEGT, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, Solo Show
2012HEARTBEATS, Nahum Gutman Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel, Solo Show
CHANCE, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Solo Show
2011CHANCE, Französischer Pavillon, Biennale Venice, Venedig, Italy, Solo Show
SIGNATURES, Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Solo Show
2010THRICE UPON A TIME, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, Solo Show
PERSONNES, Hangar Bicocca, Mailand, Italy, Solo Show
2009MONUMENTA 2010, Grand Palais, Paris, France, Solo Show
LA VIE POSSIBLE, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Solo Show
 

COLLECTIONS

 
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
The Tate Collection, London, England
The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, USA
The Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Magasin III, Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands and others
 

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