Christian Boltanski — Lost in Munich

EXHIBITION 14.11.97 – 11.01.98

Since the 1970s, the work of the self-taught photographer and trained Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski (born in 1944) has explored the subject of "securing evidence". Photographs, drawings, and everyday objects are compiled into room installations that unite collective and autobiographical memories. The artist is not interested in precisely reconstructing specific events, but rather in remembering as an existential and fundamental practice in a society committed to rationality.

The installation, created for Haus der Kunst in collaboration with Edition No. 46 of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin", leads exhibition visitors to a temporary branch of Munich's lost and found office. Like Boltanski's previous installations with deceased persons' personal effects reconstructed as "inventories" of their psychological profiles, thousands of objects "lost in Munich" are gathered here, in a place in which things that were once useful and necessary to unknown people are stripped of their meanings. In his exploration of the remembrance of past lives, transience, and death in the setting of a lost property office, Boltanski has created a kind of tragic archive of abandonment and forgetting, while simultaneously evoking a portrait of a city using material evidence.

In collaboration with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", Munich.

Christian Boltanski – Lost in Munich, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 1997, photo Wilfried Petzi

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