Christian Boltanski, Personnes, 2010. Clothing, rig, pick, lights, and steel beams, dimensions variable. View of installation at the Grand Palais.

Christian Boltanski

Paris and Val-de-Marne

Grand Palais and Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne

Christian Boltanski, one of France’s most significant contemporary artists, will represent his country in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Born during World War II, Boltanski has spent his career exploring the horrors, consequences, and mixed legacies of that time, particularly the Nazi occupation of France. His father was a secular Jew of Ukrainian descent and his mother a Christian from Corsica…see the full review in March’s magazine.