Christian Boltanski — Conceptual Art

Christian Boltanski (1944–2021) was a French sculptor, photographer, painter, and film maker. He is best known for his photography installations and contemporary French conceptual style Boltanski habitually came back to the theme of how we mourn and memorialize our dead. The Holocaust had cast a shadow over his own upbringing, but his numerous “memorial projects” also connected to the more universal themes of memory, history, and one’s own mortality. Indeed, the spectre of death loomed over Boltanski who once stated that making art was his only means of staying alive; a “thing to do so that I don’t die”, as he put it.




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