“Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017”

“Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017” exhibition at Tate, is without a doubt one of the most talked about exhibitions of 2016 and one of the most significant exhibition openings of 2017. The show covers a good chunk of the third floor of Tate Modern, and is an overview and deep insight into Wolfgang’s work, from past to present. Or as it was said at the opening, “The show is about the present of the past in presence.”


The whole exhibition – even though a lot of the works exhibited carry a political connotation – has not much to do with politics but it has a lot to do with beauty, knowledge, understanding and compassion. “Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017” begins at the begging and ends in the present. It shows all the stages Wolfgang endured. It shows his discoveries, his interests, his home, his studio and his life. This show is Wolfgang. It is all we ever imagined him to be. It shows him in depth, it shows his writings, it shows his interest in the word and impact the world had on him.

Wolfgang Tillmans is by far one of the most exciting, important, influential, fluid and statement making artists. He is beyond notable, his presence is electric, his style is impeccable and all of his shows are always a must see. This one though, is a must, must!

“Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017” is co-curated by Chris Dercon and Helen Sainsbury, it spans throughout 14 rooms and shows more that 140 works. The exhibition will be on view until June 11, 2017, and will be accompanied by side events/installations/open tables such as, “Wolfgang Tillmans: South Tank”, “Playback Room Sessions”, “Everyone for themselfes: A discussion about social lives”, “Writing photographs” and “Book for Architects: Wolfgang Tillmans in conversation with Rem Koolhaas.”

Text: Katja Horvat

Photos: Courtesy of Tate and the artist