The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, July 25, 2016


First World War centenary installation by Christian Boltanski unveiled in Folkestone
Christian Boltanski, The Whispers, 2008. Folkestone Artworks.
LONDON.- The Whispers, an installation by Christian Boltanski featuring recordings of First World War soldiers' letters, has returned to Folkestone to commemorate the centenary of the war.

The Whispers was originally created by Boltanski for the 2008 Folkestone Triennial. Inspired by the role Folkestone played as a departure point for hundreds of thousands of soldiers heading to the battlefields of France and Belgium, the poignant work consists of four benches facing across the English Channel towards France.

Each bench has its own story that plays when visitors take a seat. The first two recount an exchange between a soldier and his fiancee; another features a soldier's letters to his parents; and the final piece records a soldier's final days before travelling into combat.

The work was installed on Friday 1 August, ready for the centenary memorial events on 4 August. It has been positioned on The Leas on Folkestone's waterfront, near the Grand Hotel and the Metropole – two buildings that played a key role in the war effort.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'This moving work by a highly acclaimed European artist will greatly enhance Folkestone Artworks' growing collection. It was well received by both local and national audiences during the 2008 Triennial but will of course have even stronger resonance and poignancy in 2014. We are delighted to have lent our support to this important acquisition.'

The installation was made possible through the support of the Art Fund, as well as the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. It is the 17th work of art in the Folkestone Artworks collection, joining Mark Wallinger's memorial sculpture Folk Stones – a piece featuring 19,240 individually numbered stones, one for each British soldier killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.






Today's News

August 17, 2014

Enforced silence at China's Cultural Revolution museum complex in Guangdong province

Ingenious Napoleonic medal cabinet saved for the nation with support from the Art Fund

Elvis shooting target sells for $27,500 at 'Auction at Graceland' powered by LiveAuctioneers

Art Institute of Chicago launches online scholarly catalogues including new research and hi-res images

London's Science Museum to launch landmark communications gallery this October

European and American toys and trains, and comic characters lead Bertoia's Fall Festival Auction

Nelson-Atkins Director named D'Officier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres at Paris ceremony

Salisbury's New Art Centre announces 'Bridget Riley: A new painting for the Orangery'

Walker Art Center Internet Cat Video Festival Golden Kitty awarded to '8 Signs of Addiction'

First World War centenary installation by Christian Boltanski unveiled in Folkestone

Broached Commissions: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art opens first design exhibition

'Flashmob' robots created by a team at Harvard University swarm themselves into shape

Crocodylus mindorensis: Ultra-rare crocodiles survive in Philippine 'Noah's Ark'

Fathers' rights activists held after London protest on top of the main entrance to London's Hyde Park

[silence] - A Holocaust Exhibition: A temporary exhibition on view at the Ludwig Museum

Indianapolis Museum of Art hosts community block party to celebrate Roy Lichtenstein's Five Brushstrokes

Book reveals Trepat Collection as an unknown treasure of the history of photography

New artwork by Kelsey Brookes installed as part of Murals of La Jolla

Man Bartlett's 'The Object of an Act of Thought' on view at Bert Green Fine Art

The Mexican Museum announces partnership with UNAM

Nevada $10 national currency could bring $50,000 in Heritage Long Beach Currency Auctions

Cecil Balmond's critically acclaimed sculpture H_Edge makes its UK debut in London's Spitalfields

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 100 nude women pose in Cleveland, reflecting on Trump

2.- West Kowloon Cultural District Authority appoints M+ Executive Director

3.- Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil: Movie has US premiere at Film Forum

4.- Masterpieces replaced by fakes in six national galleries in treasure hunt

5.- On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh 'suicide gun' on display in Amsterdam

6.- Getty Museum opens exhibition of illuminated manuscripts

7.- Two rolls of early Kodak film acquired by the George Eastman Museum

8.- Dark secrets of the man who opened architecture to the light

9.- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's refugee life jackets in Vienna palace pond

10.- Gallery 19C brings together two views of Venice by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful