Wolfgang Tillmans, Tate Modern

Wolfgang Tillmans is an excellent photographer. But he is much more than that. His urge to understand how the world works, what holds it together and how to make that happen, makes him to one of the most influential artist of our time.

“2017” at Tate modern is one of the best institutional exhibitions I’ve seen in awhile. The reason for that is not the great photographs that are on show. It is the way the the exhibit is put together for the visitor. Tillmans presents his works as a combination of framed and unframed images of different sizes as well as displaying them lying flat in glass cases. I’ve seen other shows of him being presented just like that and it was not the thing that struck me the most. I found the sequence of the rooms and the contentual as well as visual combination of works extraordinary. 

This show is not a best-of, it’s the story of the years 2003 to 2017 reflected by someone with a remarkable eye for the state we’re in.

On show through 11 June 2017
tate.org.uk

Wolfgang Tillmans 
paper drop Prinzessinnenstrasse 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans


Wolfgang Tillmans 
paper drop Prinzessinnenstrasse 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans 
Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza 2012 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans 
Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza 2012 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans 
Shit buildings going up left, right and centre 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans


Wolfgang Tillmans 
Shit buildings going up left, right and centre 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans 
La Palma 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans LaPalma 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans Collum 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans Collum 2014 
© Wolfgang Tillmans