Wolfgang Tillmans

Born 1968
Hometown Remscheid, Germany
Lives and Works Berlin, Germany and London, England
Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, Bournemouth, England, 1992

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen

Art Institute of Chicago

Arts Council Collection, London

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France

Castello di Rivoli - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin

Centre d’arts plastiques contemporains (CAPC) Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP), Paris

Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla

Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid

Centro de Arte Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain

Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

Fondation Beyeler, Basel

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) île-de-France, Paris

Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) Haute-Normandie, France

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf

Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany

Kunstmuseum Basel

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg

Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK), Vienna

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter C. Ruppert Collection, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Germany

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

Sammlung Goetz, Munich

Sammlung Gundlach, Hamburg

Seattle Art Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Sprengel Museum, Hanover


Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany

Städel Museum, Frankfurt

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich

Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tate Gallery, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

University of Warwick Art Collection, Coventry, England

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

In his diverse body of work, comprising virtually every mode of photography, including documentary, landscape, portraiture, abstraction, black-and-white, and color, Wolfgang Tillmans explores the functions and possibilities of the medium. Tillmans often exhibits his work in matrices of photographs and abstractions, some hung low or high, alone or in groups, at various intervals, so that they can be appreciated in uncommon or unlikely juxtapositions. A work like the 2000 photograph I Don’t Want to Get Over You perhaps best captures much of his artistic output: Tillmans manipulated a brilliantly lit snapshot of clouds over the sea, with the sun barely breaking through, and the resulting picture is streaked with verdant green ribbons of abstract color, adding a painterly qualities to a technical image.

Tillmans was the first photographer and the first non-English artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize, in 2000. His work has been the subject of several major museum exhibitions around the world, at institutions such as the Tate, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and MoMA PS1.

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