Wolfgang Tillmans

The Personal Is Political

Wolfgang Tillmans said at the opening of his landmark solo exhibition at the Tate Modern — the first major showing of his photographs in the UK since winning the Turner Prize at the turn of the millennium — that he wanted everyone to be “encouraged by the curiosity I have for the world.” And he noted that his work has always been political because “the private and political cannot be separate.”

As if to stress this point, he's done away with the usual labels next to each image spread out across 14 rooms, to better encourage the interaction between them. He's also insisted that they remain unframed, fixed to the wall by tape or bulldog clip. The result is a stream of large and small photographs that is artfully managed by the artist, who always curates his own exhibitions.

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, Feb 15 – Jun 11, 2017, Tate Modern, London


Arms and legs, 2014


Still life (photographic vegetables), 2014


Tukan 2010


Dan, 2008


Lampedusa, 2008


Anders pulling splinter from his foot, 2005


Weed, 2014


Arnd, 1991


Still life (watermelon), 2012


The Cock (Kiss), 2002


Collum, 2011


Frank Ocean, 2016


Moby lying, 1993


Still life (Calle Real II), 2014


Iguazu, 2010


Alejandro, Prinzessinnenstrasse, 2015


Heartbeat / Armpit, 2003


Astro crusto, 2012


Locker Lutteurs, 1994


Juan Pablo & Karl, Chingaza, 2012


Engadin, 2012


Zimmerlinde, 2006





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