Wolfgang Tillmans (German, b. 1968) rose to fame as a documentary-style photographer, with a focal point on London’s gay community. He studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in England from 1990 to 1992. He spent the next several years moving between London and New York with Jochen Klein (German, 1968-1997), a painter.

Klein’s death from AIDS-related complications made a notable impact on Tillmans and his work. The photographer began his career covering gay pride events for magazines such as i-D, Interview, and Spex magazines. Later, his casual, family-photo style shots of important gay figures in the arts world would appear on their covers. In 1997, Tillmans became the coeditor of Spex Magazine. The following years were filled with a wide range of projects, including the labor-intensive Concord Grid on display at the Chisenhale Gallery in London, in 1997. The presentation followed airplane flights at Heathrow Airport from various locations around the city. His 1998 collection Total Solar Eclipse Grid, made up of 21 photographs, similarly documents a solar eclipse. Tillmans won the Turner Prize based on the installation. He was the first photographer, and the first non-English, to receive the award. He received an honor once again in 2001, when his design was selected as the basis for an AIDS memorial in Munich, Germany.

During the 2000s, Tillmans turned toward Abstract expression, using photographs themselves to create sculptures or by exploiting mistakes during the development process. This began with a presentation in an issue of Parket in 1998, in which the artist displayed years worth of damaged negatives. This tied back to an earlier interest in photocopied creations, making up the heart of his debut exhibit in 1983, Approach. This thread continues to run through his work even today in works such as his film project Kopierer in 2010, a ten-minute film showing a laser copier printing documents. Tillmans is represented by Maureen Pauley in London, Galerie Daniel Buchholz in Berlin, the Andrea Rosin Gallery in New York, Regen Projects in Los Angeles, and Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris. He is an Artist Trustee of the Tate Board, was a professor at Städelschule in Frankfurt (2003-2006), and runs a nonprofit gallery for new or glossed-over artists of note at his studio in London.

Timeline

1968
Born in Remscheid, Germany
1987
Lived and worked in Hamburg, Germany
1990–1992
Studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, Bournemouth, England
1992–1994
Lived and worked in London, England
1994–1995
Lived and worked in New York, NY
1995
Recipient, Ars viva Prize from the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft
1995
Recipient, Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße, Bremen, Germany
1995–1996
Worked for three months in Berlin, Germany
1998–1999
Visiting professorship at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (School of Fine Arts) Hamburg, Germany
2000
Recipient, Turner Prize 2000, Tate Britain, London, England
2001
Honorary Fellowship, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, England
2001
Design of the AIDS memorial at Sendlinger Tor in Munich (winner of the contest)
2003–2006
Professorship of interdisciplinary art at Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2009
Recipient, Kulturpreis of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie
2006–present
Runs Between Bridges exhibition space in London, England
2007–present
Lives and works in London, England, and Berlin, Germany
2009–present
Artist Trustee of Tate Board, London, England

Exhibitions

2014
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2013
Galleria S.a.l.e.s, Roma, Italy (solo)
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Maureen Paley, London, England (solo)
Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI), Santiago, Chile (solo)
Neue Welt, Rencontre d’Arles, Arles, France (solo)
From Neue Welt, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA
Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Lima, Peru
Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany
Lost & Found: Anonymous Photography in Reflection, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, USA
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2012
Recent Acquisitions, LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
Pink Caviar, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Freischwimmer: The World of Contemporary Photography, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Treffpunkt: Berlin, Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Skovvej, Denmark
Powerflower – Blütenzauber in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart, Germany
Klang & Stille, Sammlung Goetz im Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Das zeitgenössische Städel, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (catalogue)
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Relocated, Galerie Neu & MD 72, Berlin, Germany
Museo del Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia (solo)
Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
The Common Guild, Glasgow, Scotland (solo)
São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
Dark Sky, Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Circus Wols, Eine Hommage, curated by Olaf Metzel, Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany (catalogue)
Boy: A Contemporary Project, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
The Sports Show, curated by David E. Little, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA
Print/Out, organized by Christophe Cherix, Ellen Gallagher, and Sarah Suzuki, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
Regarding Warhol: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
2011
Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (catalogue) (solo)
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
Out of the Boxes Part 1, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Gallery 3, New York, USA (solo)
Out of the Boxes Part 2, Andrea Rosen Gallery, Gallery 3, New York, USA (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Von Bengeln und Engeln, 400 Jahre Kinder im Portrait, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (catalogue)
Playground and Field of Desaster, Pavillon des Images, Montpellier, France (catalogue)
Portraits, Gerhardsen/Gerner, Berlin, Germany
The Gong Show, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin, Germany
Anti-Photography, Focal Point and The Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, England
British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London, England
New Space, New Works, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Nature Morte Vivante, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Franz West and Wolfgang Tillmans, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Spain
Without Reality There is No Utopia, Centro Andaluz de arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain (catalogue)
Black Swan: The Exhibition, curated by Dominic Sidhu, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA
After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Last First Decade, Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Cascais, Portugal
Dreamscapes, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, USA
New Entrants – Permanent Collection, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Eating Art, Fundació Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
The Museum’s Collections, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Catalogue de l’Exposition/Catalogue of the Exhibition, Triple V, Paris, France
Die Deutsche Show, Divus Prager Kabarett, Prague, Czech Republic
British Art Show 7, CCA, Glasgow, Scotland
2010
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Serpentine Gallery, London, England (catalogue) (solo)
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2009
Peas / Snail, Yama Hotel Marmara Pera, Mesrutiyet Cad, Tepebasi, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
Bijoux de famille, Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Das Porträt, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Form and Photo, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Incidental Affairs, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Photography in the Abstract, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, USA
Sounds and Visions, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
A Twilight Art, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA
The Photographic Object, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England
2008
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue) (solo)
Strings, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (solo)
Lighter, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Galerie Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Maureen Paley, London, England (solo)
Museum Kunstpalast (permanent collection), Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (solo)
Nuegeriemschneider, Belin, Germany (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Tate Britain (permanent collection), London, England (solo)
Tegenwoordigheid van Geest, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
3 A.M. Eternal, Alexandre Pollazzon Ltd, London, England
50 Moons, Turin Triennial, Turin, Italy
Accademia Tedesca di Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy
Darkside, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (catalogue)
De Collectie van Hans Kemna, Museum de Hallen, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Folding, Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany (catalogue)
Hans Kemna Collection, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (catalogue)
History in the Making: A Retrospective of the Turner Prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz work related to Wojnarowicz, PPOW Gallery, New York, USA
Just Different, Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Life on Mars: 2008 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (catalogue)
Ludlow 38, New York, USA
Noli Me Legere, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand
Other People: Portraits from Grunwald and Hammer Collections, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Peter Saville, Accessories to an artwork, Paul Stopler, London, England
When it’s a Photograph, Bolksy Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, USA
Schöner wohen, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London, England traveled to Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (catalogue)
Summer Show, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
The Possible Document, Herald St, London, England
Untitled (Vicarious) Photographing The Constructed Object, Gagosian, New York, USA
Yes, No & Other Options, Art Sheffield O8, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, England
Wako Works of Art: 15 Years/ Part III, (with Christopher Williams), Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2007
All The Time / Time, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome, Italy (solo)
Atair, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Bali, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Carciofo – Still Lifes, Oroom Gallery, Seoul, Korea (catalogue) (solo)
Faltung, Camera Austria, Graz, Austria (solo)
Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany (solo)
paper drop, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
At Home, Yvon Lambert, New York, USA
Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art, The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Edit! Photography and Film in the Ellipse Collection, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal
Garten Eden, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany (catalogue)
Hava Boþluðu - Air Pocket, galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
Into Me / Out of Me, MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Match: Otto Dix and the Art of Portraiture, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
No Such Thing as Society, Hayward Touring Exhibitions, England
Numerica, Palazzo Delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy (catalogue)
Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
Seeing Things, Dorsky gallery, Long Island City, USA
The Droste Effect, Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany
The Turner Prize: A Retrospective, Tate Britain, London, England
The Naked Portrait, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, England
What Does the Jellyfish Want, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Stardust or the Last Frontier, Musée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France (catalogue)
2006
Freedom From The Known, PS1, New York (exh. cat.) (solo)
Helsinki-Festival, Taidehalli, Helsinki (solo)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, (2007) (exh. cat.) (solo)
Pinakothek der Moderne (permanent collection), Munich, Germany (solo)
Abstract art now – floating forms, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
An Ongoing Low-Grade Mystery, Paula Cooper, New York, USA
As if by Magic, The Bethlehem Peace Centre, Palestine
Click Double Click, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Bozar Expo, Brussels, Belgium
Das Achte Feld—Geschlecter, Leben und Begehren in der bildenden Kunst seit 1960, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (exh. cat.)
Deckchair dreams, London’s Royal Parks, London, UK
Faster! Bigger! Better!, ZKM / Museum für Neue Kunst, Germany
Frankfurter Positionen: Klasse Wolfgang Tillmans, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Galerie Daniel Buchholz at Metro Pictures, New York, USA
Good Vibrations – Visual arts and Rock music, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy (exh. cat.)
How Queer Everything is Today, Queer Festival, Råhuset, Halmtorvet, Copenhagen, Denmark
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
It’s not a photo, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
Landscapes, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Peace Camp, The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
Surprise Surprise, Institue of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Thank you for the music (London Beat), Sprüth Magers Lee, London, UK
The Gold Standard, P.S.1, New York, USA
The Secret Public: The last days of the British underground 1978 - 1988, Kunstverein München, Germany; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2007)
The Starry Messenger: Visions of the Universe, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK
The Studio, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
The Sublime is Now!, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
Toutes Compositions Florales, Counter Gallery, London, UK
Y Ahora Sin Ti…, Galería Juana De Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
2005
2005, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Markt, Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Truth Study Center, Maureen Paley, London, England (solo)
Press to Exit Project Space, Skopje, Macedonia (solo)
Always a Little Further, 51st International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Arbeit an der Wirklichkeit—German Contemporary Photography, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
Coolhunters, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (catalogue)
Covering the Real, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Growing Up Absurd, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, England
Helga de Alvear Collection, MEIAC Museum, Badajoz, Spain
Migration, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
Oktobarski Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
Shadowplay—An Homage to H. C. Andersen, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark; Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany; Landesgalerie Linz, Linz, Austria (catalogue)
Superstar, Das Prinzip Prominenz in der Kunst, Kunsthalle und Kunstforum, Vienna (catalogue)
Il Teatro dell’Arte, Villa Manin, Passariano, Italy
Thank you for the Music, Galerie Sprüth Magers, Munich, Germany
Weltbilder, Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)
2004
Atmosphere, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
BISS—Architektur der Obdachlosigkeit, Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (catalogue)
Colección Taschen, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Encounters in the 21st Century, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Enthüllt, Städtische Museen, Heilbronn, Germany (catalogue)
The Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum for moderne kunst, Humlebœk, Denmark; Fondation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland (catalogue)
Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Im Rausch der Dinge, Fotomuseum Schweiz, Winterthur, Germany
Inventory, Scott King, Donald Urquhart, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Wolfgang Tillmans: Freischwimmer, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue) (solo)
neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Panoramabar, Berlin, Germany (permanent installation) (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony – Emerging Resonances, 21st Century Museum for Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (solo)
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue) (solo)
Jetzt und zehn Jahre davor, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Landscape 2, Tower Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, California College of Arts, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, USA; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, USA; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada; University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, USA; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, USA (catalogue)
Monument to Now, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
Il Nudo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Rose C’est la Vie, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, Museum für Neue Kunst ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (catalogue)
2003
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
View From Above, Louisiana Museum for moderne kunst, Humlebœk, Denmark (catalogue) (solo)
if one thing matters, everything matters, Tate Britain, London, England (catalogue) (solo)
20th Anniversary Show, Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne, Germany
Abstraction in Photography, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, USA
actionbutton, Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
After the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
Anniversary Exhibition, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
Architektur der Obdachlosigkeit, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany (catalogue)
Attack—Kunst und Krieg im Zeitalter der Medien, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
Auto-nom, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany
Berlin/Moskau, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Dubrow International, Roger Smith Gallery, New York, USA
Fast Forward, Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (catalogue)
Here and There, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Looking In—Looking Out, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
M_ARS—Kunst und Krieg, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria (catalogue)
Montagna: Arte, acienza, mito, Museo d’Arte Moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
Mixtapes, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, USA
My People Were Fair and Had Cum in their Hair (But Now They’re Content to Spray Stars from your Boughs), Team Gallery, New York, USA
outlook, cultural olympiade, Athens (catalogue)
öffentlich/privat, Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
Painting Pictures: Painting and Media in the Digital Age, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
Saint Sebastian, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
Sex, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Society for Contemporary Art Selection, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Somewhere Better Than This Place: Alternative Social Experience in the Spaces of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA
Von Korpern und anderen Dingen: Deutsche Fotografie im 20 Jahrhundert, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
Warum!, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2002
Lights (Body), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Lights (Body), Galeria S.A.L.E.S, Rome, Italy (solo)
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, England (solo)
Partnerschaften II (with Jochen Klein), Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
sommercontemporaryart, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
Veduta dall’ alto, Castello di Rivoli—Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin, Italy (catalogue) (solo)
Vue d’en Haut, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (catalogue) (solo)
Wolfgang Tillmans: still life, The Fogg Art Gallery, Busch Reisinger Museum, Harvard; Cambridge, USA (catalogue) (solo)
Beyond Barbizon, Elias Fine Art, Allston, USA
From the Observatory, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA
HOSSA—Arte Alemàn del 2000, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
International Contemporary Art, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
In the Making, CCAC Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA
Jochen Klein (1967–1997) und Wolfgang Tillmans, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
Moving Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain
Museum unserer wünsche, The museum of our wishes, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
Painted, Printed and Produced in Great Britain, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, New York, USA
Remix: Contemporary Art & Pop, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (catalogue)
Sensationen des Alltags, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
Transform the World 2002, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2001
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Science Fiction/hier und jetzt zufrieden sein AC: Isa Genzken, Wolfgang Tillmans, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Super Collider, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
View from Above/Aufsicht, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany; Castello di Rivoli—Museo d’Arte (solo)
Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Louisiana Museum for moderne kunst, Humlebœk, Denmark (catalogue) (solo)
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue) (solo)
Abbild: Recent Portraiture and Depiction, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
AC: Isa Genzken/Wolfgang Tillmans, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
The Beauty of Intimacy: Lens and Paper, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria
Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London, England (catalogue)
Club Club Club, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
Contemporary Utopia, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia (catalogue)
Espace d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Freestyle, Werke Aus Der Sammlung Boros, Das Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Un mundo feliz/Brave new world, OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
Museum unserer Wünsche, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
La natura della natura morta, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (catalogue)
Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (catalogue)
Open City: Street Photographs, 1950–2000, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; The Lowry, Manchester, England; Museo de Belles Artes de Bilbao, Spain; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Places in the Mind: Modern Photographs from the Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Portrait, Lindig in Paludetto, Turin, Italy; Zeitgenossische Kunst Milchof, Nuremberg, Germany
Record Collection, VTO gallery, London; International 3, Manchester Gallery, Manchester, England; Forde Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Some German Photography, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Some Options in Abstraction, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Carpenter Center, Cambridge, USA
Sex—Vom Wissen und Wünschen, Hygienemuseum, Dresden, Germany (catalogue)
Shopping, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England
Tattoo Show, Modern Art Inc., London, England
Uniforms, Order and Disorder, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA (catalogue)
Why bother? The Burger King Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Zero Gravity, Kunstverein der Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
2000
Blushes, fig–1, London, England (solo)
Galerie Meyer Kainer (with Jochen Klein), Vienna, Austria (solo)
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle (with Thomas Ruff), Munich, Germany (solo)
90 60 90, Museo Jacobo Borges, in cooperation with the Goethe Institut, Caracas, Venezuela (catalogue)
All Dressed Up, Apex Art, New York, USA
Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
The arsFutura Show, arsFutura, Zurich, Switzerland
Arts & Facts, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
AutoWerke—Europäische und amerikanische Fotografie 1998–2000, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany (catalogue)
The British Art Show 5, organized by the Hayward Gallery, London, for The Arts Council of England; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; John Hasard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, England: Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England; Millais Gallery, Southampton, England; Fotogallery, Cardiff, Wales; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (catalogue)
Collection Première Heure, Groupe Premiere Heure, Saint-Cloud, France
Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, USA
Complicity, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
Conversione di Saulo, Palazzo Odescalchi, Rome, Italy
Deep Distance: Die Entfernung der Fotografie, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)
Dire AIDS: Arte nell’epoca del AIDS/Art in the Age of Aids, Promotrice delle Bella Arte, Turin, Italy (catalogue)
German Photoworks, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
‘high five’ im warmen Monat Mai, Galerie Schedler, Zurich, Switzerland
Joitakin Osia Maailmasta/Some Parts of this World, Helsinki Photography Festival, Helsinki, Finland (catalogue)
Landscape, organized by The British Council, London, England; Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sofia Municipal Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Centro Cultural del Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg, Russia; Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia; ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany (catalogue)
Look at Me: Fashion and Photography in Britain, 1960 to the present, The British Council, Madrid, Spain; Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Fondazion Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy; Marina Alla Scala Art Centre, Milan, Italy; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Mali Manezh, Moscow, Russia; State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinna Kunstihoone Fond, Tallin, Estonia; Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark; Museu de Documantatio I Museu Textill, Terrasa, Spain; Recinto Ciudadela, Pamplona, Spain; Palacio de abrantes, Salamanca, Spain; House of Art, Bratislava, Slovakia (catalogue)
Lost, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (catalogue)
Eine Munition unter anderen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (catalogue)
The Oldest Possible Memory, Collection Hauser and Wirth, Lokremise St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Platforma, sommercontemporaryart, Tel Aviv, Israel
Photography Now, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USA (catalogue)
Présumés innocents, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (catalogue)
Protest and Survive, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, England
Quotidiana: The Continuity of the Everyday in 20th Century Art, Castello di Rivoli—Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin, Italy (catalogue)
The Sea & the Sky, The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland; Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, USA (catalogue)
Les Trahisons du modéle, corps et attitudes II, Stéfane Ackermann agence d’art contemporain, Luxembourg
Turner Prize 2000, Tate Britain, London, England
Vanishing Points, Groupe Première Heure, Saint-Cloud, France
1999
Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue) (solo)
Eins ist sicher: Es kommt immer ganz anders als man denkt, Städtische Galerie, Remscheid, Germany (solo)
Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome, Italy (solo)
neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Saros, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Soldiers—The Nineties, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Soldiers—The Nineties, arsFutura Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Soldiers—The Nineties, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (solo)
sommercontemporaryart, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)
Space between Two Buildings/Soldiers—The Nineties, Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, England (solo)
Can You Hear Me?, 2nd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel, Germany; Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
Flashes: Contemporary Trends, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France; Centro Cultural de Belèm, Lisbon, Portugal; Fondacion Miró, Barcelona, Spain; Centro Arte Contemporanea Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy (catalogue)
The Garden of Eros, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
How Will We Behave?, Robert Prime, London, England
Hypertronix, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, Spain (catalogue)
The Image of the Other, Fòrum Universal de les Cultures, Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)
In Your Face, New Langton Fine Arts, San Francisco, Das Bild der Mutter in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Siemens Kulturprogramm, Trinitatis Church, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
. . . om det sublima/ . . . on the sublime, Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden (catalogue)
der siebte himmel, Christuskirche Köln, Cologne, Germany
Views from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, USA
Vision of the Body: Fashion or Invisible Corset, Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
Wohin kein Auge reicht—Von der Entdeckung des Unsichtbaren, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (catalogue)
Word Enough to Save a Life, Word Enough to Take a Life, Clare College Mission Church, London, England
Zoom, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
1998
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998
Café Gnosa, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Le Case d’Arte di Pasquale Lecese, Milan, Italy (solo)
Fruiciones, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Espacio Uno, Madrid, Spain (catalogue) (solo)
Berlin/Berlin, Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
Collection: Un autre regard, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Curatorial Program, New York Curatorial Program, New York, USA
The DG Bank Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
Edifying Sappho and Socrates, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney, Australia
Fashion at the Beach, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, USA; Orange County, USA
Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA (catalogue)
Fast Forward Image, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (catalogue)
From the Corner of the Eye, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (catalogue)
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
Germania Anno 00 . . . , Newsantandrea, Savona, Italy
Kunstausstellung Holderbank, Holderbank Management und Beratung AG, Holderbank, Switzerland
Look at Me, Kunsthal Rotterdam; The British Council Touring Exhibition
New York Color School, Valerie’s Gallery, New York, USA
Die Parkett-Künstlereditionen im Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Photo Op, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, USA
Portrait: Human Figure, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, Switzerland
The Sound of One Hand: The Collection of Collier Schorr, Apex Art, New York, USA
La Sphère de l’intime, Le Printemps de Cahors Festival, Saint-Cloud, France
Still Life: 1900–1998, Marlborough Graphics, Marlborough Gallery Inc., New York, USA; Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Stretch, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm , Sweden (catalogue)
Sunday by Matthew Higgs, Cabinet Gallery, London, England
The Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art and the Shakers, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Veronica’s Revenge, Lambert Collection, Geneva, Switzerland; Centre d’art contemporain, Paris, France; Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (catalogue)
1997
Galleria S.A.L.E.S, Rome, Italy (solo)
hale-Bopp, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany (solo)
I Didn’t Inhale, Chisenhale Gallery, London, England (solo)
The 90s: A Family of Man?, Casino Luxembourg
Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (catalogue)
Absolute Landscape: Between Illusion and Reality, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan (catalogue)
Kunst . . . Arbeit, Forum der Südwest LB, Stuttgart, Germany (catalogue)
Die Kunsthalle Bremen zu Gast in Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany (catalogue)
Positionen künstlerischer Photographie in Deutschland von 1945–1995, Berlinische Galerie, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Projects, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (catalogue)
Reality, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Sous le Manteau, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (catalogue)
We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Cubitt, London, England
Zeitgeist Becomes Form: German Fashion Photography 1945–1995, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York; Morris Healy Gallery, New York, USA
1996
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
arsFutura Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Faltenwürfe, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
For When I’m Weak I’m Strong/Wer Liebe wagt lebt morgen, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
Kunstverein Elsterpark, Leipzig, Germany (solo)
a/drift: Scenes from the Penetrable Culture, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Arken Museum for moderne kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark (catalogue)
Blind Spot: Photography—The First Four Years, Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York, USA
By Night, La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France (catalogue)
Das deutsche Auge—33 Photographen und ihre Reportagen, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Dites-le avec des fleurs, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
Everything that’s Interesting is New, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece; Art Academy, Athens, Greece; Arken Museum for moderne kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Festival International de la Photo de Mode, Biarritz, France
Glockengeschrei nach Deutz, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (catalogue)
I Feel Explosion, flat above Manchester Arndale Centre, Manchester, England
Intermission, Basilico Fine Arts, New York, USA
New Photography #12, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Nudo y Crudo: Sensitive Body, Visible Body, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy (catalogue)
Pictures of Modern Life, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium; École régionale des Beaux-Arts de Tours, Tours, France
Le Plaisir et les ombres, Fondation pour l’Architecture, Brussels, Belgium
Prospect ’96—Fotografie in der Gegenwartskunst, Frankfurter Kunstverein und Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (catalogue)
The Quiet in the Land: Everyday Life, Contemporary Art and the Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, USA, conceived and organized by France Morin; Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, USA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA
Shift, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, organized by Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (catalogue)
Traffic, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
Urgence, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France (catalogue)
Visitors’ Voices: Recomposing the Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
wunderbar, Kunstraum Wein, Vienna; organized by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen; Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
1995
Interim Art, London, England (solo)
Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)
neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (catalogue) (solo)
Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
ars viva 95/96 Photographie, Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau, Dessau, Germany; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (catalogue)
Benefit Exhibition for D.E.A.F., Inc., Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USA
Bildermonde—Modebilder: Deutche Modephotographien von 1945–1995, Institute fur Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany (catalogue)
The Enthusiast, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
Every Time I See You, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Malmö, Sweden; galleri index, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Analix B&L Polla, Geneva, Switzerland
Guaranteed Personalities, Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, curated by Thomas Nordanstad Human Nature, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany (catalogue)
Mondo Nova, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy (catalogue)
Photographies, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Take Me (I’m Yours), Serpentine Gallery, London, England; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremburg, Germany (catalogue)
Auction Benefit,White Columns, New York, USA
1994
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Fehlmann AG, Schoeftland, Switzerland (solo)
Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
100 Umkleidekabinen, Bad zur Sonne, Graz, Austria (catalogue)
Ars Lux, 100 artist billboard light boxes across Italy
Expose Yourself, The Tannery, London, England
Les Dimanches de l’amour, École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France
Dinos and Jake Chapman, Georgina Starr, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA
L’Hiver de l’amour, Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, France (catalogue)
Homegrown, Lotus Club, Cologne, Germany
Mechanical Reproduction, AP, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (catalogue)
Photo ’94, The Photographer’s Gallery on Art 94, London, England
Rien à signaler, Galerie Analix, Geneva, Switzerland (catalogue)
Soggetto Soggetto, Castello di Rivoli—Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Turin, Italy (catalogue)
Sonne München, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
Streetstyle, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England (catalogue)
The Winter of Love, PS1, Long Island City, USA
1993
Atelier, collaboration with Isa Genzken; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany; Wilma Tolksdorf, Hamburg, Germany
Belcher, Höller, General Idea, Tillmans, Odenbach, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
Christmasshop, Air de Paris, Paris, France
Fuck the System, Villa Rossi, Lucca, Italy
June, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
November Television, Videoprojekt Remscheid, Esther Schipper, Cologne, Germany
Phenylovethylamour, Unfair 1993, Cologne, Germany, stand of the Galerie Daniel Buchholz
Tresorraume, Unfair 1993, Cologne, Germany
arsFutura Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Galerie Daniel Buchholz—Buchholz + Buchholz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Interim Art, London, England (solo)
L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
1992
Diptychen, 1990–1992, PPS. Galerie F. C. Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
i-D Now, Pitti Image, Palazzo Corsini, Florence, Italy
tomorrow people, Imagination Gallery, London, England
We Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet, PPS, Galerie F. C. Gundlach, Hamburg, Germany
1991
Icons of a Mutinous Age: Three Photographers, Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, Bournemouth, England
Grauwert Galerie, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1989
Café Gnosa, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Die Hamburg Schachtel, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany (catalogue)
1988
Approaches, Café Gnosa, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Approaches, Fabrik—Foto—Forum, Hamburg, Germany; Municipal Library, Remscheid, Germany (solo)
Blutsturz, Front, Hamburg, Germany (solo)

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