Devised by Boltanski himself, fifty works are on show, spread over 2,000m², showing the stages and changes in his work over the years…
A Boltanksi exhibition has to be an event – or rather “a meditation on life and living” to quote the presse release (which French speakers can check out at the bottom of this article).
Since 1967, the artist has been exploring the boundary between presence and absence, our lives and what remains when we die, reflecting ever-more deeply on rites and social codes, often with a touch of humour.
The exhibition shows the darker side that Boltanski started to explore from 1984, and his change of focus during the 1990s to myths and legends.
The path through the exhibition, “a work of art in of itself” apparently, ends with some of the artist’s recent large-scale immersives installations.
Linked with the exhibition, you may be interested by:
— Fosse, a show created by Boltanski together with two other artists, (or rather “a work for soprano, solo cello, choir, 12 cellos, 6 pianos, percussion and electric guitars”) which is being performed in the museum’s underground car park(!)
— a masterclass with the artist on 17th November 2019 at 5pm (entrance free)
— a ‘talk cycle’ in three parts, each of which looks at a Boltanksi period – the show period, the museum period and the relics period…
A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (288 pages, 45€ here at amazon.fr).
The exhibition Christian Boltanski – faire son temps is at the Pompidou Centre (here) from 13th November 2019 – 16th March 2020
Open every day except Tuesdays from 11am-9pm (11pm Thursdays)
Admission: 14€ / 11€
To check out the press pack (in French), simply click the ‘fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the image below.