Christian Boltanski: Erinnerungen / Souvenirs / Memories

Begin: 01.11.2018 10:00 hour End: 31.08.2019 19:00 hour

Christian Boltanski exhibited at documenta 5, 6 and 8 in 1972, 1977 and 1987 respectively. In 2011, he designed the entire French pavilion for the fifty-fourth Venice Art Biennale.

In addition to the forced labour memorial site, Boltanski has created a major installation in memory of the workers at Völklinger Hütte. Located in the 800-square-metre ore shed, this installation comprises ninety-one atmospherically illuminated lockers from all parts of the ironworks.  T

he voices of former ironworkers recalling their work at Völklinger Hütte resonate from the lockers. These lockers – the interior of which is private, the exterior the property of Völklinger Hütte – form the focal point of the installation, which remembers and pays tribute to the work of these former employees in an unusual and arresting manner.

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Christian Boltanski: Die Zwangsarbeiter - Erinnerungsort in der Völklinger Hütte

Begin: 01.11.2018 10:00 hour

This major installation by Christian Boltanski in the Völklinger Hütte sintering plant engages with the issue of forced labour in a new and deeply moving way. Over the course of the Second World War, 12,393 men, women and children from twenty countries were registered as forced labourers at Völklinger Hütte. Of these, 261 lost their lives, sixty of them children and infants. These people can be encountered between the claustrophobic walls of this archive of memories, with its seemingly endless stacks of archive boxes. Here and there, visitors catch a glimpse of a number, or of black trousers and jackets piled into a mountain of clothes. Meanwhile, the names of the forced labourers are whispered from all corners of the installation, sending shivers down the spine. Boltanski’s installation instantly transports visitors to another world.

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