Christian Boltanski retrospective at Paris Centre Pompidou

From November 13, 2019 to March 16, 2020, Paris Centre Pompidou houses a retrospective around French artist’s work: Christian Boltanski. A dive into the rites of our society and the memory that remains after our death.

When art has no boundaries… From November 13, 2019 to March 16, 2020 Centre Pompidou dedicates an exhibition to French plastic artist Christian Boltanski. A retrospective around the all-rounder artist’s work who experimented a galore of formats and arts. Whether he’s a plastic artist, a photographer, a sculptor, a painter or even a moviemaker, Christian Boltanski keeps on exploring these varied art expressions and the boundary between “absent and present”.

A “sensitive and caustic” work asking us question about “the rites of our western society”. An art that is also though like a “lucid watch on our culture, its illusions and disenchantments”, offering a vision of the Men’s life and what becomes of them after they dies. Memory or forgetfulness, recall, ideas… As many subjects explored in-depth by the artist.

Through his works, Boltanski highlights our daily gestures – via “short stories” – this ordinary life that forges the memory and the common remembrance thanks to the task the human being completes every day, an almost endless cycle, until death. An exhibition that also tries to show the tenacity with which “art tries to grasp life, fight against forgetfulness without hopping to make it”.

This retrospective – created by the artist as a work itself – evolves around a labyrinthic tour where the visitor is invited to “follow a visual reflection about preserving the being”. A “large metaphor of the human cycle” to discover as soon as possible.

Laurent P.
Last updated on 22 November 2018

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From 13 November 2019 to 16 March 2020



    Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004 Paris 4

    Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"

    Tarif réduit: 11 €
    Plein tarif: 14 €

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