The Easel

20th July 2021

‘At Once Funny and Melancholic’: Remembering Christian Boltanski (1944–2021)

The traumas of WWII haunted Boltanski’s art. Not the deaths of specific individuals but memory and how it works. Self taught, his conceptual art took many forms – film, installations, site-specific works, sculpture – and was widely acclaimed. Explaining works in his 2019 Paris retrospective, he said “I want to create legends and mythology … it’s not about the object it’s about being aware of its existence.”