Christian Boltanski

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Distributed Art Pub Incorporated, 2009 - Art - 234 pages
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Hans Ulrich Obrist and Christian Boltanski are not only connected through a long-lasting friendship. Boltanski was also the first artist that the adolescent Obrist ever interviewed. Over many years the two have often met for discussions, the first of which, from 1994, are published here. Whether on a taxi-boat in Venice, in his atelier or at an exhibition in Ljubljana, Boltanski readily provides information on his projects, which also lead him into the field of performance arts such as opera and dance. His collaborations with other artists such as Ilya Kabakov are also a theme of the discussions and, at times, others actually play an active part in it, as in the case of the designer Jean Kalman or the sociologist Luc Boltanski, Christian Boltanski's brother. The result is a personal and multi-voiced picture of one of the most important artists of our time. English text.

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Contents

Venice Calling
32
Venice on a taxi boat February 2003
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Listen to the Dogs
131
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Christian Boltanski was born in Paris in 1944. His numerous solo exhibitions include shows at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston. He has shown four times at the Venice Biennale. Boltanski is represented in New York by the Marian Goodman Gallery.

Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zu?rich in 1968. He was curator at the Mus e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and has curated many international exhibitions. In 2006 he was appointed Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. His prolific publications on contemporary art include The Conversation Series, Do it, dontstopdontstopdontstopdontstop, A Brief History of Curating.

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