Christian Boltanski – Animitas II

Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

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[Image: Animitas (Meres Mortes), Dead Sea, Isreal. Full HD video, colour, sound - 10 hours 33 min Courtesy of the Fondation Louis Vuitton © Adagp, Paris 2019]

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Christian Boltanski is a leading figure in contemporary art, considered as France’s most influential living artist. Since 1967, he has developed an artistic style that embraces writing, film, sculpture and photography. With a focus on remembrance and time, he works with biographical milestones and references, from both his own life and the lives of unknown or unidentified persons, and combines true and fictional tales in an attempt at “reconstitution.”

The Fondation Louis Vuitton shows the two last chapters of the Animitas series at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo as part of its ongoing “Hors‐les‐murs” programme. The two films, Animitas (La forêt des murmures) and Animitas (Mères mortes), are part of one of the artist’s most ambitious recent projects. Paying tribute to small roadside altars honouring the dead, Animitas is initially an outdoor installation within expanses of secluded landscapes which consists of 300 Japanese bells on slender stalks, echoing the configuration of the stars on the night of Boltanski’s birth: September 6, 1944. Doomed to disappear with time, these installations blend Boltanski’s personal history with the stories of the places themselves, and thereby with those of thousands of souls. The video of each installation of Animitas, filmed in a single shot from sunrise to sunset, is presented in conjunction with a grass and flower bed that naturally evolves with the passage of time and people over the course of the exhibition, while the bells’ gentle tinkling evokes, according to the artist himself, “the music of the stars and the voices of the floating souls.”



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