Photograph showing a close-up view of an opened cooked crab with a fly on it
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Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017

Until 11 June 2017

Free entry for Members

Wolfgang Tillmans astro crusto, a 2012 © Wolfgang Tillmans

From intimate still-lifes and portraits, to images that address vital political issues, explore the photographs of this groundbreaking artist

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What are we to make of the world in which we find ourselves today?  Contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans offers plenty of food for thought.

This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style.

The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work.

​Wolfgang Tillmans Lampedusa 2008 © Wolfgang Tillmans

​Wolfgang Tillmans, Lampedusa 2008 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Colour photograph of white waves on a coast

Wolfgang Tillmans La Palma 2014 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans Tukan 2010 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, Tukan 2010 © Wolfgang Tillmans

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

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

Wolfgang Tillmans Greifbar 29 2014 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, Greifbar 29 2014 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, Still Life, Calle Real II 2015 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans, Still Life, Calle Real II 2015 © Wolfgang Tillmans

Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive. 

German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize.

Tillmans also takes over the south Tank for ten days with an immersive new installation featuring his work in music and video, interspersed with live events in which Tillmans and his collaborators will explore the capabilities of the sound system and the acoustic qualities of the space.

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15 February – 11 June 2017

Live Programme, The Tanks: 3 – 12 March 2017


£12.50 FREE for Members

Adult £12.50 (without donation £11.30)
Concession £11.00 (without donation £10.00)
Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)
Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

Make a day of it and visit both Wolfgang Tillmans and The Radical Eye (until 21 May 2017) or Giacometti (from 10 May 2017) with our combined exhibition tickets. Offer is bookable via The Radical Eye or Giacometti exhibition pages

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