Homage to Christian Boltanski at Le Louvre

The Centre Pompidou, the Opéra-Comique, the Château de Versailles and the Musée du Louvre jointly-celebrate the life and oeuvre of Christian Boltanski who passed away on 14 July 2021.

The installation titled Les Archives de Christian Boltanski 1965–1988 from the Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou’s collection, is now on display at the Musée du Louvre. It will remain on view until 10 January 2022. The artwork is presented in the Grande Galerie, one of the most prestigious and emblematic spaces at the Louvre.

This posthumous installation marks Boltanski’s third presentation at the Musée du Louvre. The first was for the exhibition ‘The Empire of Time: Myths and Creations’ (14 April–10 July 2000), in which the artist explore ‘an archaeology of the present’ by compiling photographs of objects visitors had lost in the museum. The second time, Boltanski’s work featured among eleven contemporary artists who exhibited in the permanent collections of the museum in ‘Counterpoint: Contemporary Art at the Louvre’ (12 November 2004–10 February 2005).

Remaining true to his approach of finding and preserving traces of a lost past, as a personal archaeology, Christian Boltanski had exhibited in particular at the heart of the medieval Louvre in the Salle Saint Louis. Grouping his own belongings alongside everyday objects recovered from the foundations of the Louvre palace, the artist explored the cycle of time and the workings of memory.