Christian Boltanski and the Jewish Experience in Europe/ In my Top Three Installation Artists/ History Never Repeats Split Enz / Aussie Band/ Love and Peace

Essay by Luke Foster

“I’ve filled my whole life trying to preserve the memory of living, in the fight against dying. Perhaps the only thing I’ve done, since stopping death is impossible, is to show this fight. The fight itself does not satisfy us either.”

Christian Boltanski

Interview, Christian Boltanski at Galerie Marian Goodman, 2021YouTube · Marian Goodman Gallery8 June 2021

Boltanski does amazing work with the funds he gets from his installations to build Jewish synagogues around Europe.

Boltanski is a hero-to Mossad and Jewish people internationally and is celebrated and pious Jew. And grandfather to the art world internationally.

“Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations, and counter-terrorism. Its director answers directly and only to the Prime Minister. Its annual budget is estimated to be around ₪10 billion (US$2.73 billion), and it is estimated that it employs around 7,000 people, making it one of the world’s largest espionage agencies.”


He is one of the bravest artists in Europe to face up to the Germans and what happened in the holocaust in the Second World War. He did it in a similar way that the German artist Joseph Beuys did.

“I never take photographs myself. I don’t feel like a photographer, more like a recycler.”

Christian Boltanski

A lot of the photos he collects at flea markets in France and other materials such as old German magazines.

A Torah quote about love and forgiveness is

“Teachings on forgiveness can be found in the Torah. Do not hate your brother in your heart. Who is a God like You, who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not maintain His anger forever, for He desires loving-kindness.”

In conclusion Boltanski is a Jewish hero to all Jews and loved in the international art world and art enthusiasts internationally. He is a national treasure to France. His work is deeply spiritual but is made of humble materials such as biscuit tins and cardboard and candles and discarded clothes. I strongly advice all art collectors and museums to collect his work but not for its financial value but because it makes sure history shall never repeat. However, the new generation of Germans are very kind and my support worker Yannick is from Berlin and is like a brother to me. He takes me shopping, helps me stay fit, advises me on my health, shoots my beach videos and showed me how to use I movie.

Me with my support worker Yannick from Berlin who is like a brother to me.

An example of Boltanskis installation

The Torah refers to the first five books of the Bible and is the most important book in Judaism. Jews regard the books of the Torah as the word of God Himself.

The five books of the Torah contain the early history of the Jews and rules for how Jews should live a moral life. These five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Torah scrolls are stored in the synagogues. During the Holocaust many were destroyed or stolen by the Nazis.”

The holocaust explained

This is my favourite Boltanski installation from art school days in the mid-nineties. A Boltanski book was one of my first contemporary art book purchases while studying my masters at COFA.
Boltanski with his installation of discarded clothes.