Wolfgang Tillmans at Galerie Buchholz

Wolfgang Tillmans
Galerie Buchholz
Fasanenstraße 30, 10719 Berlin
27 November, 2020 – 30 January, 2021
All images copyright and courtesy of the artist(s) and the gallery

Galerie Buchholz announces their twelfth solo exhibition by Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968, Remscheid; lives and works in Berlin and London). The artist has installed the exhibition on both floors of our Berlin gallery space. In addition to new photographs and works from well-known series such as the “Silver” and “Greifbar”, the show marks the debut of Tillmans’s 4K projection “Beleuchter in the Sky” (2020) and includes the audio piece “I want to make a film” (2018).

“Beleuchter in the Sky” is a 22-minute sequence of photographs of the same unchanging set of roofs and the sky above them as seen from Wolfgang Tillmans’s studio in Berlin. The images, accompanied by new music tracks by the artist that impart their rhythm to them, were taken starting in March of this year; reacting to the music, they are spliced together with hard cuts, or in crossfades.

The sound installation “I want to make a film” (9 minutes) is based on a dictaphone recording of the artist speaking about a fictional film project concerning the computing power of smartphones. The question of which technological changes and developments were required to move from the PC and floppy-disk system to the smartphone leads him to a meditation about how the omnipresence of information technologies is perceived, on their dominance and influence over our lives. To create a perfect acoustic situation in the space, the floor has been carpeted and sound panels covered with Green-Tek fabric, a lightweight textile originally developed for shade management in greenhouses, have been installed.

An extensive publication dedicated entirely to Wolfgang Tillmans’s “Silver” works will be released at the end of the exhibition. In addition to comprehensive documentation of the series, the book will contain a new essay by Tom Holert and a conversation between Wolfgang Tillmans and the photography restoration expert Klaus Pollmeier about the specific facture of these works. The book will be published in separate German and English editions.