Christian Boltanski (Paris, 1944) is receiving the International Prize Julio González of the Generalitat Valenciana, edition 2014. This award honors individuals who stand for his career in artistic creation internationally. In previous twelve editions this award was received by Georg Baselitz, Cy Twombly, Eduardo Chillida, Anish Kapoor, Markus Lüpertz, Robert Rauschenberg, Anthony Caro, Miquel Navarro, Pierre Soulages, Frank Stella, Robert Morris and Bernar Venet.
Memory, loss and death are the cornerstones of the work of Christian Boltanki, obsessed by the major issues related to human existence, such as the disappearance, forgetfulness, chance of living and the trail left by any life after ceasing to exist. La Réserve des Suisses Morts, 1991, one of his most significant works, is part of the IVAM Collection.