Installation Dos

  • 1995
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Glossy chromogenic colour print
  • Set of 12 pieces of different formats

Since the beginning of his career, Wolfgang Tillmans has been interested in the way his work is displayed, and has used the exhibition as a means of expression in its own right.

The precise combination of photographs in different sizes, often hung unframed or stuck directly to the wall, allows him to illuminate a range of aesthetic and social relations. Once assembled, the images form an installation, an indissociable whole. Thus defined, the work can be recreated in other exhibitions. The groups Uno and Dos were created and exhibited for the first time in Madrid in 2005.

© Adagp, Paris, 2015. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo


Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans emerged at the beginning of the 1990s as a photographer of a libertarian post-punk youth who listened to techno music.

At raves and gay gatherings, he captured – in large ink-jet prints, often unframed – the vulnerability of bodies, friends in informal poses, and individuals observed over a number of years in their personal lives. Using photography as social art, relating directly to reality, Tillmans builds empathy with his subjects. His art gets to the essential truth by paying close attention to the era. In doing so he revisits traditional genres: portraiture, still life and landscape. Tillmans has never stopped investigating photographic techniques. He enlarges and reframes his images using a copy machine, and creates abstract photographs in a dark room without a camera, simply using a light source. Since 1992 Tillmans has designed his exhibitions himself. Forming groups of photographs, hung on and stuck to the wall, or displayed on tables in no predefined order, he uses space as a laboratory in which collections of images reflect human communities.

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