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Wolfgang Tillmans

As a young photographer, Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968, Remscheid, Germany) became known in the early 1990s for his portraits of friends and the underground milieu. The photographer, who lived in London from 1992 before settling in Berlin in 2007, has since developed an oeuvre that plays freely with formats, shooting and printing techniques as well as hanging formats, which he himself conceives. Tillmans deals with diverse subjects such as starry nights, maritime landscapes, still lifes, abstract structures and, of course, the portrait. “The gaze as such is a reflection on the world,” he says, all the while cultivating an “un-privileged” way of looking “that anybody can adopt.” For Tillmans, the portrait is a naturally delicate type of work that demands a special frame of mind, not only from the photographer, but also from the person photographed, as both are set on an equal footing. “It is only the mutual acceptance of their respective vulnerability and weakness that enables the making of a strong portrait.” The Série de 22 portraits comes from various projects completed between 2000 and 2018 and shows representatives from all kinds of cultural disciplines, from dance to architecture, but also people not known to the artist as well as collaborators and close friends.

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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