Monument to the Lycée Chases
|Monument to the Lycée Chases|
|Medium||gelatin silver prints, electric cables, and light bulbs|
|Dimensions||118 ⅛ in x 78 ¾ in (300.04 cm x 200.02 cm);118 ⅛ in x 78 ¾ in (300.04 cm x 200.02 cm)|
|Location||University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan|
The piece consists of three large gelatin silver prints, which are portraits of adolescents. Around them are eight smaller gelatin prints, as well as 64 lightbulbs. The wiring for the lightbulbs is draped across the photos haphazardly.
The piece was inspired by a found photo of the 1931 graduating class from a private Jewish school in Vienna, Austria. Kay Larson, writing for New York Magazine in 1989, said, "The knowledge that these children were real, that they may still be walking among us unrecognized and adult–unless they all died in the concentration camps–moves Boltanski out of solipsism."
- "Exchange: Monument to the Lycée Chases". exchange.umma.umich.edu. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
- "Christian Boltanski. Monument to Lycee Chases. 1987–89 | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
- Barker, Francis; Hulme, Peter; Iversen, Margaret (1992). Postmodernism and the Re-reading of Modernity. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-3745-0.
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