Christian Boltanski

born 1944

Christian Boltanski, ‘The Reserve of Dead Swiss’ 1990
The Reserve of Dead Swiss 1990
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Christian Boltanski (born 1944) is a French sculptor, photographer, painter and film maker, most well known for his photography installations and contemporary French Conceptual style.

He is the brother of Luc Boltanski and the partner of Annette Messager. The writer Christophe Boltanski is his nephew.

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Film and audio


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    Experiments in Integrated Programming

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    Perspectives: Negotiating the Archive

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  • Behind the scenes

    Studio: Christian Boltanski

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