May 28 – October 1, 2017

This year's big summer exhibition is devoted to the artist Wolfgang Tillmans. It is the first comprehensive engagement with the medium of photography at the Fondation Beyeler, which some time ago added a wonderful group of works by Tillmans to its collection. Around 200 photographic works dating from 1989 to 2017 will be on show from May 28 to October 1, together with a new audiovisual installation.

Tillmans first made a name for himself in the early 1990s through photographs that have attained iconic status for their evocation of the mood of an entire generation, with its carefree urge for freedom and its desire to seize life’s moments. Soon, however, he widened his focus, experimenting with the means of photography to develop a new visual language. He created his images with and without a camera and also using a photocopier. In addition to traditional genres such as portrait, still life and landscape, the exhibition presents abstract works that play with the limits of the visible. It will show how Tillman’s work is concerned with the creation of images rather than with photography in the conventional sense. The exhibition is being designed in close cooperation with the artist.

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ARTIST TALK mit Wolfgang Tillmans

Donnerstag, 7. September 2017, 18.30 Uhr

Anlässlich seiner Ausstellung in der Fondation Beyeler spricht Wolfgang Tillmans über seine Werke. Bekannt wurde Tillmans Anfang der 1990er Jahre mit heute zum Teil ikonischen Bildern, die das Lebensgefühl einer ganzen Generation und Jugendkultur zum Ausdruck brachten. Bald dehnte er den Fokus seiner Arbeit aus und nutzte das Experimentieren mit den Mitteln der Fotografie zur Erfindung anderer Bildtypen. So erneuerte er nicht nur traditionelle Genres wie das Porträt, Stillleben oder die Landschaft, sondern erweiterte auch die Möglichkeiten der Abstraktion. Die Veranstaltung ist im Museumseintritt inbegriffen. Die Plätze sind limitiert.