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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Christian Boltanski: Après

Jan 20 – Mar 13, 2021
79 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

“If you work as an artist, you destroy yourself. The more you work, the less you exist. It seems awful, but it can also be a good thing, since it’s easier to make art than to live.” That’s the French mixed-media artist Christian Boltanski, for whom the precarity of life is a central theme in work that ranges from sculptures to digital installations to immersive combinations of many mediums. This exhibition—the first in his home country since a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou last year—continues to explore the line between life and death in a multi-floor installation that combines video and sculpture. Projections of children’s faces appear at first legible before flickering into blurry visions; trolley carts covered in white cloths conjure the dead lost to the pandemic. Alongside new works such as these, two of Boltanski’s most famous large-scale projects demonstrate his continuing interest in the human condition. —C.J.F.

Christian Boltanski, “Les Linges,” 2020. Photo by Rebecca Fanuele. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris Copyright Christian Boltanski and Marian Goodma Gallery Paris.

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