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Christian Boltanski (1944)

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Recently i acquired for FTN books ( the most prestigious museum publication ever with works by Boltanski. It is the coedition from Whitechapel gallery, van Abbemuseum and Musee de Grenoble from 1990 and it consists of 18 separate publications by Boltanski assembled in one box. All from the personal archives of Boltanski, it makes this an exceptional artist book. I believe that this edition was kept well under 1000 copies.

Published on the occasion of the 1990 exhibition “Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution,” at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, The Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and at The Musee de Grenoble.


Fine (box is slightly splayed; all contents Fine).


Three soft cover catalogues:

[1] “Christian Boltanski: Reconstitution” exhibition catalogue, with essay by Lynn Gumpert, 40 pp., with numerous color and black and white illustrations, 12 x 9-5/8 inches;

[2] “Christian Boltanski 1944-90” catalogue of works, exhibitions and bibliography, 36 pp., with numerous black and white illustrations, 12 x 9-3/4 inches;

[3] “Christian Boltanski: an Interview with Georgia Marsh,” 48 pp., with five black and white illustrations, 11-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches.

Five reprints of soft cover artist’s books:

[4] “Reconstitution des gestes effectués par Christian Boltanski entre 1948 et 1954,” 28 pp., with 7 black and white plates, 8-1/8 x 5-1/4 inches;

[5] “10 Portraits photographiques de Christian Boltanski 1946-1964,” 24 pp., with 10 black and white plates, 8-1/4 x 5-5/8 inches;

[6] “Recherche et presentation de tout ce qui reste de mon enfance,” 16 pp., with 8 black and white plates, 8-5/8 x 6-1/8 inches;

[7] “Inventaire des objets ayant appartenu a une femme des Bois-Colombes” 92 pp., with numerous black and white illustrations, 8-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches;

[8] “Saynetes Comiques” 32 pp., with 22 black and white illustrations, 8-1/4 x 11-5/8 inches.

Two facsimile letters:

[9] “lettre de demande d’aide”;

[10] “Lettre aux conservateurs de Musee proposant le projet des inventaires.”

Photocopied flyer:

[11] “Christian Boltanski a l’honneuer de vous faire ses offres de service,”

Exhibition invitation:

[12] “Dispersion a l’amiable”.

Two black and white photographic cards:

[13] “Christian Boltanski a 5 ans 3 mois de distance”;

[14] “Christian Boltanski et ses freres”.

Three color postcards:

[15] “Image modèle (La régate), 1975;

[16] “Composition decorative,” 1976;

[17] “Affiche,” 1974.

Color poster:

[18] “L’Ange d’alliance,” 1986.

Highlighting Boltanski’s ongoing reconstruction of his identity, this poignant and informative collection is both a self-portrait and a biographical assemblage that speaks to the evasive natures of memory and memorial and is available at

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