Exhibitions in London, Britain: The Tate Modern celebrates the work of photographer Wolfgang Tillmans
From February 15 to June 11, the Tate Modern will present an exhibition devoted to the work of German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans
In the 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans rose to prominence with photos of everyday life and contemporary culture, providing an insight into society and its workings. The German Turner Prize winner’s exhibition will focus on works since his 2003 exhibition at the Tate Modern. The decision to limit the scope of this exhibition to works created after 2003 has its significance. 2003 marked a turning point after which social and political themes became an increasingly important aspect of the artist’s work. With “Truth Study Center” presented in 2005, he turned a spotlight on his interest in global events and the manner in which they are treated by the media.
The exhibition also highlights how the artist has expressed his commitment with more abstract works, notably with “Sendeschluss,” which is composed of images of an analog television losing signal reception. It will also feature landscapes, still lives, and intimate portraits like “Collum” (2011), which focuses on the delicateness, fragility and beauty of the human body.
The multidisciplinary aspect of Tillmans’ work will figure largely in the exhibition, which will feature the project “Playback Room”: a specifically designed space for listening to studio recorded music. The video installation “Instrument 2015” shows Tillmans dancing to a soundtrack made by sampling his own footsteps.
Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans studied at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. In 2000, he became the first photographer and the first non-British artist to win the Turner Prize.
His work has been the subject of exhibitions in such internationally renowned museums as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Tate in London. Tillmans lives and works in Berlin and London.
Wolfgang Tillmanns: 2017 will be on at the Tate Modern from 15 February 2017- 11 June 2017.