Curated by Tessa Praun
Magasin 3 opens its fall season with Boltanski’s first solo exhibition in Stockholm. Experiences of loss and the need to put a face to anonymous suffering forms the thread that runs through much of Boltanski’s body of work. Our individual and collective memories are central to works that often bear the traces of human life – clothes, photos, letters and other personal material.
Central to the exhibition is his new work, "Les archives du coeur", 2008 which will be created by visitors to the exhibition who contribute by donating the sound of their heartbeat. Starting in Stockholm he will collate an archive of recordings of heartbeats, which will be housed on its very own island belonging to the Benesse Art Site Naoshima in Japan.
The thought that my heartbeat will be preserved on a Japanese island is startlingly beautiful – I hope that many people will feel the same way and want to donate their heartbeats says Tessa Praun, curator of the exhibition.
When a heartbeat has been recorded at Magasin 3, the donor of the heartbeat recieves a copy of the sound recording on a CD along with the purchase of the exhibition publication. Price 100 SEK.
For every Boltanski catalogue sold, Magasin 3 will donate 20 SEK to the Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation’s research on heart, lung and vascular diseases. Magasin 3 has followed the career of Christian Boltanski since the end of the 1980s and we have on several occasions shown works by him that are included in our collection. Currently his works "La Fête de Pourim", 1989, and "Reliquaire", 1989, from the Magasin 3 collection are presented in the exhibition "Loss" at the Wanås Foundation in the south of Sweden - on view until October 19, 2008.
Christian Boltanski was born in Paris, France, in 1944. His first solo exhibition
entitled "La vie impossible de Christian Boltanski" took place in 1968 in Paris. As a video artist and as a conceptual artist he has had a prolific career and his works have been included in the Documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale several times.
September 4, 4pm Christian Boltanski
September 27, 3pm Sofia Hultén
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
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