Wolfgang Tillmans is a German artist and one of the most influential contemporary photographers working today. Emerging in the 1990s with his snapshot documentations of youth, club, and LGBTQ culture, Tillman’s practice has expanded over time to include diaristic photography, large-scale abstraction, and commissioned magazine work. “I want the pictures to be working in both directions,” the artist has said. “I accept that they speak about me, and yet at the same time, I want and expect them to function in terms of the viewer and their experience.” Whether he is capturing landscapes, still lifes, or portraits, Tillmans’ images represent an almost obsessive need to self-document, not unlike the work of Nan Goldin and Conceptual artist Mike Kelley. Born onAugust 16, 1968 in Remscheid, West Germany, Tillmans spent the early part of his career in London after graduating from the Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize, with his win marking the first time the prize was given to a photographer and a non-British artist. Tillmans lives and works in London.

Wolfgang Tillmans
Remscheid, 1968

Current Exhibitions

13 Sep — 30 Nov
Curated by Heiko Hoffmann, together with C/O Berlin’s chief curator Felix Hoffmann, the exhibition retraces the story of Berlin from 1989 until today through a series of iconic photographs by major international...

Past Exhibitions

Wolfgang Tillmans

Maureen Paley
05/06/2019 — 04/08/2019

If I Was a Rich Girl

Kunst Raum Riehen
23/03/2019 — 30/06/2019

The Moment is Eternity – Works from the Olbricht Collection

me Collectors Room Berlin Stiftung Olbricht
26/09/2018 — 01/04/2019

Wolfgang Tillmans: What is Different?

Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain 04/05/2018 — 16/09/2018

Wolfgang Tillmans at David Zwirner Hong Kong

David Zwirner Hong Kong
26/03/2018 — 12/05/2018

Solo Shows

David Zwirner, H Queen’s, Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, TATE Modern, London Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland

Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA Maureen Paley, London, UK
Leben Ist Astronomisch Installation (2001-2012), K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
PCR, Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland Studio, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany
Playback Room – Ein Raum für Studiomusik, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich, Germany
¿donde estamos? (project for billboard), Mexico City, Mexico Pictures from New World, The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK
On the Verge of Visibility, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Your Body is Yours, The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan
Lignine Duress, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Panoramabar, Berlin (permanent installation)
Book for Architects, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Hasselblad Award 2015, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden Dům umění České Budějovice/House of Art, Budweis, Czech Republic

Fondation Beyeler (collection display curated by Wolfgang Tillmans) Affinity, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo PCR, David Zwirner, New York

Wolfgang Tillmans – Düsseldorf Raum 2001–2007, (collection display), Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Silver, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin central nervous system, Maureen Paley, London Neue Welt, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, Francek from Neue Welt, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

The Common Guild in Glasgow MAM Museu de Arte Modernas de Sao Paulo
Neue Welt, Kunsthalle Zürich Moderna Museet, Stockholm Museo del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Columbia
The Common Guild in Glasgow MAM Museu de Arte Modernas de Sao Paulo
Neue Welt, Kunsthalle Zürich Moderna Museet, Stockholm Museo del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Columbia
Wolfgang Tillmans, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf

Group Shows

Protest, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK Ether, Chantal Crousel, Paris, France Academician’s Room, Keepers House, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Inside – Contemporary Artists and Writiers in Reading Prison. Reading Prison, Reading, UK
Night in the Museum – An Arts Council Collection Exhibition, Longside Gallery, London, UK
LUX: The Radiant Sea, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, USA
Wolken / clouds, Arnoldi-Livie, Munich, Germany
Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK ICH. Neue Formen des Selbstporträts, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Image Tech: Making Pictures in a Post Digital Age, The College of New Jersey, USA Mit anderen Augen – Das Porträt in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
Natureza Franciscana, MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brasil


Take Me (I’m Yours), Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Queerfest 2015, St. Petersburg, Russia We The People, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Colección Jumex. In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
Ident-alter-ity. Organizing body: 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK


Second Exhibition (collection display), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France Formes Simples, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
Unstable Places: New in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Manifesta 10 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
Colour on Paper, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Space Interventions – Gordon Matta Clark and beyond, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
A Private View präsentiert: Die ROCCA Stiftung, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany Dark Waters, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Summer Exhibition 2014, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Fundamentals, La Biennale di Venezia – 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Italy
8. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst – 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
1984–1999. La Décennie, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France


Foto Europa. 1840 to present, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USA
Aquatopia. The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; travelled to Tate St Ives, UK (K)
Vue d’en Haut, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
Sin motivo aparente, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
Kunst nach 1945 (collection display), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich, Germany (K)
Tate Britain (collection display), London, UK
Paint it Black, Frac Ile-de-France, Paris, France
NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, New Museum, New York, USA
La Sentinelle, CAPC – Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
Looking at the View (collection display), Tate Britain, Millbank Project, London, UK
Cranford Collection – Out of the House, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain
The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK (collection display)

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Remscheid Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1968 Lives in: London