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Monument (Odessa)

Christian Boltanski (French, b. 1944)

Monument (Odessa), 1989-2003

  • Gelatin silver prints, tin biscuit boxes, lights, and wire
  • Installation approximately: 80 x 72 in. (203.2 x 182.9 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Melva Bucksbaum Contemporary Art Fund, 2003-11a-kk
  • ¬©Courtesy of the Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

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In Monument (Odessa), Christian Boltanski includes anonymous photographs of Jewish children in Europe before World War II (click here to see Boltanski's work).

Have students compare Boltanski's work with Masha Bruskina by Nancy Spero:

  • What do these two works have in common in terms of subject matter, formal elements, and media?

  • Why do you think Boltanski presents his subjects anonymously while Spero clearly identifies her subject? How do these choices serve each artist's goals? What do you think the goals of each work are?

  • What is the overall impact of each work? How does each artist's choice of materials and media contribute to this?