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Christian Boltanski: No Man’s Land

The New York Times

Filling the vast Wade Thompson Drill Hall, No Man’s Land is Christian Boltanski’s most ambitious project in the United States to date. This monumental work explores the signature motifs of the artist’s forty-year career - individuality, anonymity, life and death - in an immersive landscape that is both powerful and infernal. Incorporating 30 tons of discarded clothing, a 60-foot crane and the sound of human heartbeats, the installation offers an unforgettable and deeply moving experience by one of today’s most important artists. Curated by Tom Eccles.

As part of the installation at the Armory, visitors will be invited to record their own heartbeat and offer it to the artist as he continues to expand his Archives du coeur, a collection of human heartbeats from around the world.

Boltanski Library A special installation of artists’ books created by Christian Boltanski and curated by Michal Jachula will be on display at the Armory. Books about the artist will also be available for purchase.

Film Screening: Les vies possibles de Christian Boltanski
A 52-minute documentary film about Christian Boltanski and his work will be presented during the open hours of the installation. The film was written and directed by Heinz Peter Schwerfel.

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Installation made possible by The Pershing Square Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund, with additional support from the Booth Ferris Foundation, Bloomberg, Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky, The Grand Marnier Foundation, Kenneth Kuchin, ALTOUR, The Lauder Foundation/Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, CulturesFrance, and the Robert Lehman Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Clothing provided and recycled by Trans-America Textile Recycling Co. Special thanks to the Marian Goodman Gallery.

No Man’s Land is a companion piece to Personnes, an installation at the Grand Palais in Paris that opened in January 2010 as part ofMonumenta, an annual initiative of the Ministère de la culture et communication, co-produced by the Centre national des arts plastiques, the Grand Palais and the Réunion des musées nationaux.

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