21.03.2008 to 31.08.2008
With this large-scale solo exhibition held in Hamburger Bahnhof, the Nationalgalerie offers the first comprehensive overview of the complex oeuvre of Wolfgang Tillmans seen in Berlin to date. On view among other works will be the legendary portraits, still lives, urban views, and landscapes through which Tillmans made his singular contribution to shaping the sensibility of the 1990s, at the same time challenging the photographic medium to undergo renewed transformation.
An additional and central focus of this exhibition will be the abstract works, which continue to expand Tillmans' visual cosmos, and which have attained particular relevance today: the space-filling, atmospheric images of the "Freischwimmer" (Swimming to Freedom) series, along with the "Lighter" and "Paper Drop" studies, almost sculptural in character, and devoted entirely to the magical qualities of paper; until now, these works have never been seen in Germany as an ensemble. The exhibition encompasses more than 200 works from the period 1986 to 2008, among them pivotal pieces such as the early photocopy works (1988-1990), the "Turner Prize" Room (2000) and the elaborate table installation "Truth Study Center" (2005-2007).
Wolfgang Tillmans. Lighter
Hrsg. Joachim Jäger, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2008
ISBN 978-3-7757-2187-5 / ISBN 978-3-88609-616-9