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Wolfgang Tillmans

As a young photographer in the early 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968, Remscheid) became known for his seemingly mundane portraits of his friends, which captured the spirit of his generation and expressed a new kind of subjectivity. For Tillmans, portraiture requires a particular frame of mind – not only for the photographer, but also for the person photographed, as both are on equal terms. 'It is only the mutual acceptance of their respective vulnerability and weakness that enables the making of a strong portrait.' 22 portraits (2000–18) includes images of the artist's collaborators and close friends from a range of cultural disciplines, from dance to architecture, as well as strangers. Collectively, these images raise critical questions about gender identity and the augmented possibilities of image interpretation in a society marked by the accelerated circulation of information.

Artworks

  1. Wolfgang Tillmans 22 portraits, 2000–2018

    Ensemble de 22 photographies couleur
    Impression chromogène et impressions jet d’encre
    44 x 33 cm chacune
    Ensemble unique
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2018
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi / Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Wolfgang Tillmans Mami, 1994

    Jet d’encre
    Tirage unique
    300 x 200 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    © Photo : Wolfgang Tillmans

  1. Wolfgang Tillmans Rachel Auburn and Son, 1995

    Jet d’encre
    Tirage unique
    300 x 200 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    © Photo : Wolfgang Tillmans

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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