Music, video and installations show how the artist's work has expanded from pure photography
Wolfgang Tillmans is getting a major show at Tate Modern next year, which will include exhibitions and installations in both in the main building and the tanks.
The first photographer ever to win the Turner Prize, back in the year 2000, Tillmans has gone on to expand his work to include installations, publications, video and music. The Tate exhibition, Wolfgang Tillmans, will include all of these formats, featuring portraiture, landscape, still life and abstract photographs, but also installations such as Truth Study Centre 2005 – ongoing, which uses newspaper cuttings, pamphlets and Tillmans’ own work to look at the way world events are reported. The series Blushes 2000 – ongoing records light beamed directly onto photographic paper without a camera; The State We’re In, A 2015 shows places in which borders meet. The series Neue Welt 2009–2012 shows images which are spectacular, and shots of the everyday.
Tillmans’ early images drew on rave culture, and his more recent projects show his ongoing interest in dance music. The Playback Room project allows visitors to listen to pop music at the best possible quality, while the video installation Instrument 2015 shows Tillmans dancing to a soundtrack made by sampling his own footsteps. In March, Tillmans will take over the South Tank for 10 days with a specially commissioned installation featuring live music and events.
Wolfgang Tillmans will be on show from 15 February to 11 June 2017, with ticket prices starting at £10 for students. Visit tate.org.uk for more information.