Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile

13 January – 18 February 2018

Musée d'Art Contemporain et Multimédias, Kinshasa


This month, the first exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans in Africa will make its debut at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias in Kinshasa. Organized by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), a German institute for international and cultural relations in Stuttgart, Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile features more than 200 works spanning 1986 to 2017, and includes installations, video works, and publications in addition to photographs by the artist.

Wolfgang Tillmans, born in 1968 in Remscheid, studied from 1990 to 1992 in Great Britain at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He now lives and works in Berlin and London. His images hold a central position in the international art world. His approach is based on precise observation and this offers us a deeply human vantagepoint on the world’s complexity. Trust, empathy, friendship and closeness are visible and tangible in Tillmans’ photos.

Tillmans’ stance can be considered a call for freedom and an invitation to encounter others with open curiosity and without any fear. Accepting the fragility that defines us as individuals and our interpersonal relationships is something Tillmans does not consider a weakness, but rather a strength. Mistakes, ruptures and fragility repeatedly stimulate the development of new processes. They reference the imperfections of our lives and at the same time open unexpected perspectives on the material world.

Wolfgang Tillmans, paper drop Prinzessinnenstrasse, a, 2014. © Wolfgang Tillmans;

“Fragile” offers a comprehensive overview of the very diverse forms of artistic expression to be found in Wolfgang Tillmans’ oeuvre: starting with large-format prints, via sculptural objects, video projections and music through to the curatorial moment of installations. The selection of pieces for the ifa touring exhibition includes more than 200 works from the period 1986 to 2017: Alongside framed and unframed photographic pieces in different formats, Tillmans’ table-top installation “truth study centre”, video works and countless publication projects will also be on show. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge and it will run thru’ 18 February.

The exhibition will travel to Nairobi in April 2018, and to Johannesburg July–October 2018. An accompanying publication in English and French will feature a local contribution at each venue. In Kinshasa, contributors include Christine Eyene, N'Goné Fall, Bart van der Heide, Ashraf Jamal, and Patrick Mudekereza.


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