Touring exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile

Wolfgang Tillmans, Iguazu, 2010 Wolfgang Tillmans, Iguazu, 2010

Sun, 08.07.2018 -
Sun, 30.09.2018

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Corner Klein and King George Streets
2001 Joubert Park

Opening: Sunday, 8 July, 4pm
Running until 30 September 2018

Please also note the following dates:
Artist Talk at Market Photo Workshop
Panelists: Wolfgang Tillmans, Kabelo Malatsie, Khwezi Gule and Thembinkosi Goniwe
Moderated by Molemo Moiloa
Friday 6 July, 6.30pm
138 Lilian Ngoyi St • Newtown • Johannesburg, 2001
RSVP to Lemogang Matlhong:

Goethe-Institut and WiSER present a Wits School of Arts DIVA Talk: Special edition with Wolfgang Tillmans
Friday 29 June, 6.30pm
Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER) 6th Floor • Richard Ward Building • East Campus • University of the Witwatersrand

After stops in Kinshasa and Nairobi, the new touring exhibition Fragile, showing works by German artist Wolfgang Tillmans, comes to Johannesburg Art Gallery this winter. The work of Wolfgang Tillmans occupies a prominent position in the contemporary art world. Ever since his first exhibitions and publications in the early 1990s, he has constantly been redefining photography both as an image and as a material artefact.
Wolfgang Tillmans’s oeuvre encompasses his pictures of club culture in the 1990s, abstract works based on extreme formal reduction, the beauty of the everyday and pictures of the sublime, a sensual gaze full of physical desire and an analytical perspective with great social and political awareness.
Fragile provides a comprehensive overview of the many-facetted and different forms of artistic expression in the work of Wolfgang Tillmans, from large-scale prints to sculptural objects, video projections, and music, to his curatorial work in making the exhibition. The selection for this ifa touring exhibition comprises more than 200 works from 1986 to 2018.
Presented by ifa in collaboration with Wolfgang Tillmans and the Goethe-Institut.
Wolfgang Tillmans was born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany. From 1990 to 1992 he studied in the United Kingdom at the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He lives and works in Berlin and London. In 2000 Tillmans was the first photographer to win the Turner Prize, and in 2015 he received the Hasselblad Prize. In recent years Tillmans’s works have been shown in large museum exhibitions, including at the Tate Modern in London and at the Fondation Beyeler in Basel in 2017. Tillmans has published numerous artist’s books and has recently become increasingly politically active. In 2016 he designed an anti-Brexit / pro-EU campaign in advance of the British Brexit referendum, and in 2017 a poster campaign for greater participation in elections and against nationalist parties in the German parliament.