#FLVfromhome : Christian Boltanski

Past exhibition - Wednesday 1 July 2020

With the understatement of minimalist art and the powerful emotions of expressionism, Christian Boltanski’s work is rooted in an existential and essential relationship with the world, with which everyone can identify.


Life and death, memory and forgetting are at the heart of his practice. Initially taking the form of reconstituted objects and grotesque sketches featuring himself, Boltanski began to record ordinary lives in 1969 – his own and those of anonymous people – using family photographs. Taking on the fictional role of ethnographer, he created fake biographies that connect individual and collective experiences. DIY, cut-outs, stacked cardboard or rusty metal boxes, piles of clothes, shadow and light and projected images are among the resources he drew on to make his emotive installations, some temporary. The allusion to historical tragedies is transcended by a wider consideration of the fragility of human life.



Intially conceived as an installation in the desert of Atacama in Chile, Animitas is an hommage to religious shrines.


Christian Boltanski, about Animitas (2014)

(3 min. 30 s © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Audiovisit – 2018)

The essential

Wednesday 1 July 2020


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