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 Past Exhibition

Christian Boltanski: So Far
February 21–May 3, 1998
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This major exhibition of French artist Christian Boltanski's work—a profound and disturbing archive of our social, cultural, ethnic, and personal histories—was divided roughly into three parts: a room of shadow figures (Les Ombres); a group of works of children's faces projected onto white sheets (Jewish School of Grosse Hamburgerstrasse in Berlin in 1938); and several Monuments, including a piece titled Twenty Dead Swiss which was purchased for the Kemper Museum by a Kansas City community organization, Museum Without Walls. Boltanski has spent his artistic life working with the most ethereal of materials—newspaper clippings, snapshots, clothing, candles, lightbulbs—using the photograph as the central image in his work. He installed his exhibition and attended the opening reception.