Small exhibition

Christian Boltanski

Until may 2018

Until may 2018 an exhibition with three of Christian Boltanski's works - among which Odessa (1989) - is displayed in the Jewish Historical Museum. The works shown come from the collection of Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar. This display coincides with Boltanski’s current exhibition NA (After) in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

Christian Boltanski (Paris, 1944) has been an internationally celebrated artist since the 1980s. He is the son of a Jewish father and Catholic mother. The circumstances in which he was brought up have had a great influence on his oeuvre. Many of his works deal with childhood and cherishing childhood memories as an antidote to the fear of death. Boltanski is not concerned specifically with his own childhood, but attempts to fuse the individual and collective experience in his work: each child represents all children. He has said that his art is forever connected with the post-war period in which he grew up. He emphasises that his work is not about the Second World War and the Holocaust, but about the period following the war: a time in which reason and justice were defeated.


This exhibition is on view at the Jewish Historical Museum


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Photo: Christian Boltanski, Odessa (1989)

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