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L'Ecole de la Grosse Hamburger Strabe, en 1938, 1991

Mixed Media

Metal tin, photograph, cloth, tape, and litho pencil.

8.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 in

20.3 x 22.9 x 5.1 cm

Edition of 40
PRICE: $5,000
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    About The Work

    Artist Christian Boltanski has frequently relied on the photograph's deceptive capacity to function as an "authentic" trace—a convincing souvenir—of personal experience. The artificially aged tin biscuit box in L'Ecole de la Grosse Hamburger Strasse en 1938 also suggests—along with a pre-war snapshot of German schoolgirls—an authentic, archaeological find. A part of a group photograph has been hand-marked, enlarged and shrouded with an aureole of white cloth; each tin in the edition contains a different enlargement. Everything, the artist points out, has the power to connote; the more prosaic the object, the more profound the connotation can be.

    About Christian Boltanski

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