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German artist Wolfgang Tillmans will be touring several African countries and his next stop is Johannesburg.

Wolfgang Tillmans latest exhibition ‘Fragile’ will be touring several African cities over the coming years. After visiting Kinshasa and Nairobi, the German Artist is headed for Johannesburg. Presented by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen / Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) in collaboration with Wolfgang Tillmans and the Goethe-Institut, ‘Fragile’ will be opening at Johannesburg Art Gallery on 8 July 2018.


Wolfgang Tillermans, August Self Portrait, 2005.Wolfgang Tillmans, August Self Portrait, 2005. © Wolfgang Tillmans

Tillmans’ work holds a prominent position in the contemporary art world and his artistic approach has continually evolved since the early 1990s. Based on his eternal curiosity he is constantly redefining photography, both as an image and a material artefact. His language has developed not only from his deeply human observations in a complex world, but his intensive research preparation and his constant advancing of the medium and it’s technical and aesthetic potential. Familiarity, empathy, friendship, and intimacy are all visible in his pictures.

Tillman’s dedication to freedom and his fearless and open-minded approach to the other define his artistic approach. He embraces the mistakes and ruptures in his work, often resulting in the development of new processes, and by this acknowledges the fragility that underpins us as individuals. ‘Fragile’ provides a comprehensive overview of the multi-faceted and varied forms of artistic expression that Tillmans embraces. 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.


Wolfgang Tillermans, Astro Crusto, 2012. © Wolfgang TillermansWolfgang Tillmans, Astro Crusto, 2012. © Wolfgang Tillmans

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