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"Wolfgang Tillmans: View From Above"
2003-01-15 until 2003-04-21
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The 2003 season of exhibitions at Louisiana opens on 15 January with the first Scandinavian presentation of the German-born photographer Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans is the most talked-about photographer of the nineties and a remarkable renewer of photography in relation to other contemporary visual arts. He is now based in London, and in 2000 - as the first foreign-born artist – he won the most prestigious British art award: The Turner Prize.
View from Above is a presentation of works dating from the past four years, a period which marks a new phase in Tillmans’ art. While his work of the 90s could be called a chronicle of the decade’s youth culture, his recent abstract works are of an almost classical beauty. The title of this exhibition refers to the many shots from above, down into everything – from night-time views of Los Angeles to small plants growing in the artist’s window box. Tillmans’ work is characterized by a human interest in the surrounding world that makes social, psychological and architectonic patterns visible.
Wolfgang Tillman was born in 1968. He had his first solo exhibition in 1988, at the Café Gnosa in Hamburg, and only a year later he was working as a photographer for several well-known magazines such as i-D, Interview and Index. In 1992, he moved to London where he began to create photo-installations for galleries and museums – a form of expression that links him to the visual art scene of painting rather than to a strictly photographic artistic environment.
The photos and inkjet prints on view - ranging in size from a piece of typing paper to formats reaching from floor to ceiling - have been selected and arranged by the artist himself specially for this exhibition at Louisiana. Parts of the exhibition have previously been shown in Hamburg, Milano and Paris.