SPOT ON is the title of an exhibition series which, since its well-received start in 2008, has enabled visitors to discover or re-discover works or work groups within new settings of individually designed project rooms. Exhibitions, which change every six months, include new additions to the museum’s collection, latest research results or restoration successes



Wolfgang Tillmans

Düsseldorf Room 2001-2007

02.02.2013 – 07.04.2013

For twenty years Wolfgang Tillmans, who in 2000 was the first German to win the renowned Turner Prize, has developed a photographic oeuvre which is impressive both in terms of its versatility and sensitivity. At the centre of his work are the human being and his or her environment. In the 1990s Tilmans, who was born in Remscheid in 1967, was a chronicler of the youth culture of his time and created pictures that were at the same time personal and universally valid. Later Tillmans turned towards pictorial abstraction, some of which he created without using a camera, but in his photographic laboratory by means of light and chemistry.

The “Düsseldorf Room”, which was realised by Tillmans at Museum Kunstpalast in 2008 and comprised twelve photographs dating from 2001 to 2007, demonstrates the artist’s fascination for the abstract, without dispensing with the representational or with depictions of the concrete. The pictures differ from each other greatly both in terms of motif and format, but were all taken within his own living and working environment.

With his well-balanced hang Tillmans refrains from endowing individual photographic works with authority or a central role. On close inspection of the motifs, which appear to have been taken at random, sharpness and blurring, as well as inner and outer spaces free the viewer from focussing solely on the object and facilitates an experience beyond the concrete motifs.

In the “Düsseldorf Room 2001-2007”, the meaningfulness of the room composition defined by the artist, as well as the relationship among the individual works become apparent to the spectator gradually. The works offer both reflections on the moment (of their creation) and on the tools of light and chemistry; in their network of relationships they unite representation and abstraction, planes and spaces, transparency and colour, intimacy and mundaneness.

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