PREVIEW: Wolfgang Tillmans – 2017, Tate Modern

Opening at the London gallery from the 15th February, the exhibition aims to examine his work across a variety of media since 2003. 

Wolfgang Tillmans, Astro Crusto, a, 2012. (c) Wolfgang Tillmans. 

Considered to be one of the most exciting artists to be working today, Wolfgang Tillmans first rose to prominence in the 1990’s for his photographs of everyday life and is now working in a variety of media as well as becoming increasingly innovative when it comes to staging exhibitions.

In this latest exhibition of his work, Tate Modern will offer a new focus on the artist’s photographs, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music.

Wolfgang Tillmans – 2017 will concentrate in particular on the artist’s deep engagement with abstraction beginning with the important work Sendeschluss / End of Broadcast I 2014. Based on images the artist took of an analogue TV losing signal, this work combines two opposing technologies – the digital and the analogue.

Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize.

Much of his work has a social and political theme running through it, showing the artist’s concern for the destabilization of the world since 2003, when he felt that the world changed with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations.

In March, Tillmans will also take over the South Tank for ten days with a specially-commissioned installation featuring live music events.

Wolfgang Tillmans – 2017 will be on display from the 15th February until the 11th June 2017. For more information and to book tickets visit:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: