Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
An amazing exhibition for a great artist
Juan Pablo and Karl, Wolfgang Tillmanns
From February 15 to June 11, 2017, the Tate Modern presents an exhibition dedicated to the German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. It is concentrated on his work, obviously photographic, but also on his audiovisual creation, slides, publications, curatorial projects and musical works since 2003. The exhibition does not obscure other aspects of the artist's work: superb portraits, landscapes and still lifes, with sometimes more intimate accents, are also presented to the public.
It was in the 1990s that Wolfgang Tillmans became known for his photographs of everyday life and contemporary culture. The choice to focus on his creations made from 2003 is not insignificant. Indeed, from this year onward's the social and political aspects have taken more and more importance in its work. The artist felt the world change with the invasion of Iraq and the anti-war demonstrations. The exhibition focuses on the artist's commitment through his work of abstraction, especially with the work "Sendeschluss". This one is made of images of an analog television losing signal and digital television.
It also presents landscapes, still lifes, intimate portraits ("Collum", 2011) that focus on the delicacy, fragility and beauty of the human body. The importance of these photographs is the scale (sometimes massive, sometimes tiny), but also how they are situated in the space. Indeed, Tillmans insisted to do the curation himself, so each position makes sense to him directly.
The multidisciplinary aspect of his work is also presented throughout the exhibition. His project "Playback Room" will offer a space within the museum so that visitors can listen to popular music, in full quality like we are not used to hearing. The video installation "Instrument 2015" shows Tillmans dancing on a sound background that he realizes himself by manipulating the sound with his own steps. There are also rooms full of his documentation, that take part entirely of his work, as well as one room full of his books and catalogues, as his prolific work simply cannot be understandable with a few photographs on the walls.