Paris

Paris

Christian Boltanski

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
May 14–October 4, 1998

In an attempt to avoid the totalizing view that comes with a retrospective, Christian Boltanski has opted instead for a show that sticks to the last ten years of his work—a period that’s seen him reach the pinnacle of the French art scene. Curator Béatrice Parent is orchestrating this shadowy, hushed display through the installation of eight large works comprising photos, old clothing, and abandoned objects—at once discreet and monumental—that revolve around the torments of memory. Like all of Boltanski’s work, the whole is taken in bit by bit, bathed in a dimly lit atmosphere that is at once agonizing, intimate, and sacred.