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Wolfgang Tillmans, in flight astro (ii), 2010 © Wolfgang Tillmans. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin. Wolfgang Tillmans, Smokin’ Jo, 1995. © Wolfgang Tillmans. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin.

Wolfgang Tillmans is one of the leading artists of his generation and is constantly in the public eye, with exhibitions all over the world. The exhibition at Moderna Museet is Tillmans’ first major show in Sweden and brings nearly twenty years of picture-making to a new audience. Moderna Museet is delighted to welcome Wolfgang Tillmans – an artist who has extended the boundaries of photography and redefined the medium of photography as an artform.


Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968) first attracted attention at the beginning of the 1990s, with his apparently mundane pictures of subjects taken from his own surroundings. After studying in Britain, he published photographs in prominent publications such as i-D, Spex and Interview. Today, these pictures are considered trendsetting for the young generation of the 1990s, and raise questions about subcultures and sexual identities. By turning everyday situations into almost monumental images, Tillmans very strikingly captured the spirit of the times. It soon became evident that his pictures renegotiate photographic conventions and reflect contemporary currents related to culture and identity. Since then, Tillmans has continued his in-depth investigations, expanding the the realm of photography and redefining the very medium as an artform.

In addition to Wolfgang Tillmans’ exhibition, during the autumn, Moderna Museet is also showing the installation Science Fiction/Hier und jetzt zufrieden from 2001, by Isa Genzken in collaboration with Wolfgang Tillmans.

Wolfgang Tillmans at Moderna Museet
Date: October 6th, 2012 – January 20th, 2013
Opening Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 – 18:00 (Tuesday till 20:00)
Closed on Monday
Curators: Daniel Birnbaum and Jo Widoff
Place: Moderna Museet
Address: Slupskjulsvägen 7, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 5195 5200

Text: victor moreno

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