Wolfgang Tillman At The Tate Modern

Wolfgang Tillman 2017

Monday 19th June 2017

It’s rare for an artist, dead or alive exhibiting at the Tate/Tate Modern to allow photographs within a paid exhibition. From a business point of view its understandable, running a gallery or museum costs money, producing art costs money and you want to maximise the return on merchandise. There is also a mystery about the exhibition and its content that you may not wish to broadcast to those not in possession of a ticket.

I am happy to say that Wolgang Tillman’s recent exhibition at the Tate Modern did not fall into that category. Photographs were positively encouraged in fact. The exhibition was designed in a playful manner, with photographs positioned at various heights and in various sizes, sometimes forcing the viewer to crouch and move much closer than was comfortable. The content was as varied as the layout, thundering waterfalls, hotel rooms, body parts and portraits and much more all jostled for attention, accentuated by a maze of tables in certain rooms, containing cuttings and literature. Not to limit himself to purely visual delight, Wolfgang created a soundroom to play studio quality music from one of his favourite bands Colourbox, an experience I found particularly moving.

This style of exhibition, its composition, variance and the ability to take photos were all big pluses for me. My project ‘The Art Of Viewing Art’ has benefitted immensely from the ability to document exhibition attendees as they observe and interact with the works.

Unfortunately the exhibit ended on the 11th June, but I would implore all art lovers to catch Tillman’s work wherever they can. Meanwhile I’ve added a few of the images taken by me to give you an idea of what was on offer.