Boltanski's memorial at the World Heritage site Völklingen Ironworks, Saarbrücken, Germany​
Christian Boltanski: The forced laborers - Site of remembrance in the Völklinger Hütte
1 November 2018

Christian Boltanski created a memorial dedicated to the people subjected to forced labor in the mines, huts and factories of the Saarland region during the Second World War. His memorial is installed in the Völklingen Ironworks, declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994. 

Boltanski's memorial intends to keep alive the memory of more than 12.000 people from different nations, who were brought to the Völklinger Hütte to work under discriminatory and inhuman conditions, causing the death of more than 260 foreign laborers. His installation, 'Die Zwangsarbeiter - Erinnerungsort in der Völklinger Hütte', represents an archive of memories, a room filled with countless archive boxes and a pile of black used clothes at its center.  Accompanied by sound, the whispered names of the forced laborers resound from all corners of the room. In the 800 square meter ore shed of the Völklinger Hütte, Christian Boltanski has further grouped 91 lockers from all parts of the Ironworks site into a large installation, out of which spoken memories of former ironworkers reverberate. 

Boltanski's work is a continuous confrontation with the cruelties of the last century. The Holocaust, the passage of time, the human attempt to forget and to be forgotten, but also his own past and childhood, are central themes of the artist's work.

Sean Scully awarded honorary doctorate from Newcastle University
The ceremony will take place 13 July at Newcastle University
13 July 2018
Christian Boltanski receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Bologna
The ceremony will take place on Friday, 11 May at 4.30 pm in the Aula Magna die Santa Lucia
11 May 2018
William Kentridge at Emerson Urban Arts, Boston, US
Triumphs and Laments
15 February - 14 April 2018

Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge is bringing a selection from his most recent body of work, Triumphs and Laments, to the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery on Thursday, February 15.

The original public art piece, a 550-meter-long frieze along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, “presents figures from a broad sweep of Italian history in a grand procession to represent the progress and foibles of human endeavor,” said Joseph Ketner, Emerson’s Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art and director of the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery.

Created by “reverse graffiti” from the dirt on the river’s embankment wall, the figures in the frieze will eventually blend into the background with the addition of new layers of pollution.

In considering the history of the “Eternal City,” Kentridge has tried “to capture the transient: to bear witness to what is altered and dissolved over time.”

The Emerson Urban Arts exhibit will include the complete set of aquatint etchings and woodcuts used in the frieze, two long maquettes that diagram the processional, a set of monumental stencils, and a video showing the opening performance in Rome.

Sean Scully at Cuadra San Cristóbal
7 February - 25 March 2018
Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City

Scully’s show is the first to be held at this modernist venue, designed in 1966 by the influential Mexican architect Luis Barrágan, as an equestrian and residential complex. Scully’s paintings on aluminium and copper will be shown in the horse stalls. Recent sculptures in steel and Corten, such as Boxes of Air (2015), will be installed in the grounds.

Kimsooja receives Insignia of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
15 December

Kimsooja will be awarded the insignia of the Order of Arts and Letters by Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy on Friday, December 15 in New York.

Kimsooja receives this distinction in recognition of her prolific career and contributions to the arts and literature.

The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

Christian Boltanski at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NA – Christian Boltanski
24 November 2017 - 29 April 2018

This winter, Christian Boltanski is creating a new composition for the Oude Kerk. He is using the entire church and deploying several monumental installations on the theme of what will come after our life has come to an end (NA). On the gravestone floor, the artist designed a labyrinth of tombs suspended above the graves, creating new perspectives and an architectural layer that emphasizes our predecessors. You can contribute to the exhibition. In a contemporary confessional chair you can whisper a number of names of people buried in the Oude Kerk. A recording of the whispers will be played during the following weeks in the choir. Over time, all of the whispers will be turned into a comprehensive soundscape that remains as an intangible part of the Oude Kerk. Boltanski considers his work repeatable, like musical compositions are re-enacted time after time, even after the composer is no longer alive.

During the Amsterdam Art Weekend (23-26 November 2017) the Oude Kerk has invited world famous curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to engage with Christian Boltanski to talk about his work and the exhibition.

Christian Boltanski at Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, Germany
8 November 2017 - 31 March 2018

As part of Fondation Louis Vuitton’s ongoing curatorial program “Hors-les-Murs”, Espace Louis Vuitton Munich is presenting the exhibition “CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI: ANIMITAS. Selected Works” featuring a selection of recent works by the French artist.

As part of the exhibition at Espace Louis Vuitton in Munich, Christian Boltanski will classify his recent works in the overall context of his oeuvre in a conversation with Heinz-Peter Schwerfel at Haus der Kunst.

Christian Boltanski's multi-layered work, which deeply influenced French art of the 1970s, focuses on the perception and preservation of the past.

The artist talk will take place on November 7 at 5:30 pm at Haus der Kunst, Munich, followed by the official opening.

Leiko Ikemura at HETJENS Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany
4 November 2017 - 25 February 2018

Mysterious scenes take place in this dark fairy tale landscape created by Leiko Ikemura for this exhibition. Seven large-scale terracotta sculptures by the Japanese-Swiss artist will be presented in combination with film and sound installation by the artist. In a darkened room the viewer is confronted with these ceramic works that through their black metallic glaze skilfully catch one’s eye and draw attention to its surfaces. Girlish figures dance across the exhibition space which seems to be as mysterious as the artworks themselves.

The opening will take place on Friday, 3 November at 6 pm.

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