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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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Christian Boltanski was born in occupied Paris in 1944 to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. Although he had no formal training in art, he started painting as a teenager. By the late 1960s, Boltanski had abandoned painting, choosing instead to produce short avant-garde films and publish notebooks in which he explored aspects of his own childhood--real and imagined. Through the 1970s and '80s, Boltanski continued to experiment with materials, constructing theatrical installations from photographs and found objects. His work is highly conceptual in nature, exploring notions of childhood and memory, fiction and reality.