Wolfgang Tillmans, Iguazu, 2010, ink-jet print.


Wolfgang Tillmans

Tate Modern
February 15–June 11, 2017

Curated by Chris Dercon and Helen Sainsbury

From the beginning, Wolfgang Tillmans’s exhibitions have involved many photographs unconventionally installed: big and small, framed and tacked to the wall, ganged together and isolated, personal and reportorial. This approach characterized his sensational retrospective at Tate Britain in 2003, and is sure to define this follow-up show, which is slated to include slide projections, publications, and music, as well as a series of performances in the Tanks. Although the new show will pick up where the 2003 iteration left off, most of the work was made more recently and, Tillmans says, “the whole exhibition looks at the now.” For an artist who insists he does “not see hedonism and activism as exclusive sites,” that “now” is bound to include his vocal stand against Brexit in the UK and Trump in the US. “My work is always speaking about questioning myself,” he says. “Where am I? What am I? What is my relationship to the world I live in?”