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Wolfgang Tillmans »

If one thing matters, everything matters

Exhibition: – 14 Sep 2003

Tate Britain

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Sun-Thu 10-18 . Fri, Sat 10-22

Tate Britain will hold a solo exhibition of the work of the Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans in June 2003. Born in Germany, but based in London, Tillmans has built up a considerable reputation in the last ten years, working almost exclusively as a photographic artist. This will be his first monographic museum exhibition in the UK and has been conceived especially for Tate Britain. Fittingly, it will reflect the artist's longstanding relationship to London and will include new work made specifically for the show, along with a range of images selected from throughout his career. Tillmans' figurative photographs present us with a compelling alternative to conventional ideas about beauty - his landscapes, still-lifes and portraits have a distinctive energy, often appearing spontaneous and improvisatory when in fact they are carefully planned. He also recently began to make abstract compositions by manipulating the effects of light on photo-sensitive paper. While continuing to explore the potential of the still image Tillmans has begun to work with video, collaborating with the pop group, the Pet Shop Boys, on a music video and making a large-scale video installation, Lights (Body) 2000-2. He will make a new film to be premiered at Tate Britain during this exhibition. Tillmans was born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany and studied photography at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (1990-1992). He has lived and worked in Berlin, Cologne, London and New York, but settled in London permanently in 1996. He has been awarded various prizes: the Böttcherstrasse Prize in Bremen (1995), the ars viva Prize, from the Kulturkreisder Deutschen Wirtschaft (1995) and the Turner Prize (2000). He has exhibited extensively worldwide and in the UK and his highly acclaimed retrospective exhibition, The View from Above, is currently touring major European museums.