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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Christian Boltanski The Reserve of Dead Swiss


Film and audio


Christian Boltanski: Studio visit

The French sculptor on why he's gambling with his life


Christian Boltanski: Talking Art

French artist Christian Boltanski thinks of himself as a painter but is best known for his photographic installations

Christian Boltanski: Talking Art

Christian Boltanski is interviewed by researcher and writer Rikke Hansen.



Tate Papers

Experiments in Integrated Programming

Sally Tallant

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Tate Papers

Perspectives: Negotiating the Archive

Sue Breakell

Archives are more prominent than ever, not only in art practice and theoretical discourse but also in popular culture. An ...


Studio: Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski

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