Kunstsammlung NRW // Wolfgang Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmans Kunstsammlung NRW
Photo by: Steve Rogers Photography, Austin, TX

Art enthusiasts who are in (or will be visiting) Dusseldorf can indulge at Kunstsammlung NRW (short for Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen), the museum that houses the art collection of  North Rhine-Westphalia. Founded in 1961 by its government, Kunstsammlung NRW has since gained an international reputation with its impressive modern art collection. Kunstsammlung NRW is especially known for its extensive Paul Klee collection, which has grown to include 100 of the artist’s works and is considered one of the world’s most comprehensive collections. But it certainly isn’t just all about Paul Klee: with works from art’s greatest like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol,  spanning movements from Pop Art to American Art to Abstract Expressionism just to name a few, Kunstsammlung NRW is a must-visit for any modern art enthusiast traveling in Germany.

Kunstsammlung NRW is also a spacious and lively center for exhibits, attracting prominent and upcoming artists alike.  Wolfgang Tillmans, one of Germany’s most important contemporary artists, is currently on exhibit for the first time in Western Germany at the Kunstsammlung NRW.  From March to July this year, visitors can check out Wolfgang Tillmans’ various works – photographs, abstact paintings, videos – and discover the versatile and multifaceted talent of the photographer.

His evolution over the years shows how masterful Wolfgang Tillmans is in his craft. Starting out as a chronicler of the nightlife scene in European cities like Berlin and London, Tillmans soon experimented with other themes like homosexuality and gender issues, and also other photographic subjects like portraits, still lifes, sky photographs, astronomical observations and landscape images. In the early 200s, he became increasingly interested in the chemical principles and spatial possibilities of the photographic material, resulting in the creation of his more “abstract” work.  He only started dabbling with digital photography in the late 2000s.

Now in Kunstsammlung NRW, Wolfgang Tillmans’ works are no newcomer to major solo museum exhibitions: his works have been shown in renowned museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC (pictured above), and most recently at the National Gallery in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.  And his diverse, extensive skills have been aptly recognized: he is the only non-UK native photographer to be awarded the prestigious Turner Prize, which he received in 2000. He also received the Cultural Award in Mannheim of the German Society of Photography in 2009-

Only one of the many things to do in Dusseldorf, the exhibition Wolfgang Tillmans is on display at the Kunstsammlung NRW from March 2nd to July 7th in the K21 section. More information can be found here.

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