LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS

Paris: s.p. (Boltanski), 2014
30 x 21cm, 1pp inkjet output - the certificate (nr 764064263) to Paul Robertson to allow online access to films made by Christian Boltanski. A short lived project of films made by the artist which were accessed online only by those holding the appropriate certificate. Presumably an attempt to use the internet as a new way of distributing art but such ventures often fail because art collector wish to own an object or permanent access to the site. As far as we know the access is no longer available online. VG.
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N.p. (Copenhague): Berg, 27 janvier 1975
29 x 21cm, original vintage carbon copy (on light green paper) of a signed letter from M. Berg to Boltanski.
The letter voluminously thanks Boltanski for his photograph and new year greetings. Berg tells the artist that there is always a room ready for him at his farm and he is looking forward to seeing him in March in Denmark.

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Copenhague:Berg, 17 septembre 1974
29 x 21cm, 1pp. Original carbon copy of a typed and signed letter from M Berg thanking Boltanski for agreeing to publish an artist's book with the latter and John Hunov and that a maquette is being prepared for the project. He also thanks Boltanski for the invite card from Munster and says he will order the publication being released at that exhibitiion. VG+.
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Copenhague:Berg, 17 septembre 1974
29 x 21cm, 1pp. Original carbon copy of a typed and signed letter from M Berg to Westfalischer Kunstverein requesting a copy of the exhibition catalogue/artist's book.

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Paris: Boltanski, 4 septembre 1974
29.7 x 21cm, 2pp Original handwritten letter in blue ink from Boltanski thanking Berg for his "bravery" in buying a painting from a young artist from a strange gallery.
Boltanski mentions Annette Messager's book and says he is very happy to create a book with Berg and announcing that he will soon send a maquette for the publication.
Boltanski says he has a new idea for works - a series of "burlesque" images of sketches (which are to be photographed - one being displayed in the work at the Munster Kunstverein.
He then sends his best wishes to Berg's wife, has good memories of his trip to Copenhagen and hopes to return one day.

A further handwritten addition from Annette Messager thanking Berg for his support and saying that she is working hard.
Both notes are signed by the writer.

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N.p. (Copenhague): Berg, 28 Aout 1974
29 x 21cm, original vintage carbon copy of a signed letter from M. Berg to Boltanski.
The letter says that Berg cannot come to Paris soon and that he has good memories of a meeting in Copenhagen with Boltanski and Annette Messager and the discussions about Messager's artist's book he was shown.
Berg mentions the clipping from the newspaper he sent before and a new clipping (see elsewhere in this collection) about the artist and he discussed Boltanski's development as an artist with his friend John Hunov. The conclusion of that discussion was that Hunov and Berg request to commission a book from Boltanski for publication by Berg Verlag and by the Galerie Daner.
Berg explains that he is in Copenhagen for the whole of September and that would be a good time for reflection and (one presume's) completion of such a project.

Some typed corrections but overall VG+.
This proposed book was later realised underthe title of "DESCRIPTION DES 34 REGLES ET TECHNIQUES UTILISEES EN JUIN 1972 PAR UN ENFANT DE 9 ANS." An important letter.
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A hand typed original envelope from Bergs Forlag with Boltanski's address on it but seemingly unused. VG.

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Paris: Multiplicata, n.d. (1972)
30 x 21cm, 1pp. Original vintage xerox with a text announcing two books - one by Boltanski "10 PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES DE CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI 1946 - 1964" and the other by Jean Le Gac "LE DECOR".
The letter announces they can supply signed examples of the book for 80Fr. Folded as issued for mailing else VG+.
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Original mailing envelope franked 3-10-72 hand addressed by Boltanski to M. Berg.

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Copenhague: Berg, 7 Mai 1967
21 x 15cm, 1pp. Original carbon copy of a typed and signed letter from M Berg explaining that he was to publish a novel by a young Danish writer Vagn Lundbye. The letter asks if Ramon might be able to supply a cover illustration. The title of the novel is Morkespil (Game of Shadows).
The story is of soldiers on a raft in the sea trying to survive the elements, attacks from the air and even each other. Berg says that the Ramon Mobilisation image (see elsewhere) that Boltanski sent before would do but Berg would prefer to commission new work. He then points out that there is little time so a quick response would help.

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