Christian Boltanski — Lifetime at Tokyo National Art Center

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Christian Boltanski — Lifetime at Tokyo National Art Center

This exhibition is among the largest retrospectives ever held in Japan of the work of Christian Boltanski, one of the most prominent contemporary artists, and encompasses work from throughout his career. After making short films in the late 1960s, Boltanski worked extensively with photography in the 1970s, gaining attention for works dealing with his own memories and those of others.

Image: Monument 1986 / Photographs, frames, sockets, light bulbs and black electric wires / Collection of the artist © Christian Boltanski / ADAGP, Paris, 2019, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

 

This exhibition is among the largest retrospectives ever held in Japan of the work of Christian Boltanski, one of the most prominent contemporary artists, and encompasses work from throughout his career. After making short films in the late 1960s, Boltanski worked extensively with photography in the 1970s, gaining attention for works dealing with his own memories and those of others. 

 

Image: Monument 1986 / Photographs, frames, sockets, light bulbs and black electric wires / Collection of the artist © Christian Boltanski / ADAGP, Paris, 2019, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem by Elie Posner

 

In the 1980s, Boltanski began producing installations utilizing light and exploring religious themes, for which he earned international acclaim. Since then, he has continued producing and exhibiting works worldwide with the themes of history, memory, and the vestiges of human existence.


Misterios 2017 / Video projection (HD, approx. 12h.) and 3 screens / Collection of the artist © Christian Boltanski / ADAGP, Paris, 2019, Photo © Angelika Markul

 

While looking back at a variety of his efforts over the past 50 years, this retrospective was designed by Boltanski, who has described himself as “a spatial artist,” as an installation for this specific venue.
*There is a work which includes "hay" as materials in this exhibition. Please be aware of this for those who have allergies.

 

Through September 2, 2019

 

 

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