Christian Boltanski Time

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Artist: Christian Boltanski Edited by: Dr. Ralf Beil Texts by: Aleida Assmann, Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka, Dr. Gabriel Ramin Schor, W. G. Sebald, Werner Spies u.a., Tadeusz Kantor English November 2006, 156 Pages, 114 Ills. Hardcover 286mm x 227mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1825-7
Profound overview of the complete oeuvre of the great French "artist of memory."

Christian Boltanski (*1944 in Paris), one of the most important artists of our time, is a master at staging situations and spaces. His work evokes and questions powerful central parameters of human existence such as life span, identity, body, death, and legacy.

In a site-specific installation at the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, Boltanski combines previous work with new ones to create an all-encompassing Gesamtkunstwerk. The cathedral-height halls of the exhibition are turned into a space that echoes Boltanski’s autobiography, which—whether fictional or real—is always the foundation for his art of memory.

This monograph, conceived and produced in close cooperation with the artist and compiled by Ralf Beil, documents this unique artistic event, using philosophical, literary, and art-historical essays, as well as an interview with the artist, to sound the depths of this singular space as it echoes Boltanski’s art. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-1824-0)

Exhibition schedule: Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt , November 12, 2006 – February 11, 2007