Discover the provocative world of internationally acclaimed French artist Christian Boltanski. This program centers on an interview with this enigmatic man, whose art--created from secondhand objects--deals explicitly in death.
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Discover the provocative world of internationally acclaimed French artist Christian Boltanski. His art, which deals explicitly in death, is created from photos and other human relics, the stuff of junk shops and rummage sales. It reveals how any object can become evidence for a whole life. In this program, a fascinating interview with Boltanski sheds light on the enigmatic artist's personal history. Born in Paris in 1944 to a Corsican mother and a Jewish father, Boltanski was raised a Catholic. During the German Occupation, his father was hidden beneath the floorboards of the family home. Many of Boltanski's installations invoke the memory of the Holocaust. The program also shows Boltanski at work, searching for materials, teaching at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and visiting his own exhibitions.