David Zwirner is pleased to present Wolfgang Tillmans’s first exhibition in Hong Kong at its newly opened gallery in H Queen’s, Central. Following in the steps of the artist’s seminal solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London (2017), Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2017), Kunstverein in Hamburg (2017), and most recently his first show in Africa at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias in Kinshasa (2018), this presentation will feature a broad selection of works that respond to their surroundings while at the same time embodying a self-contained environment.
Spread over the four exhibition spaces of the Hong Kong gallery, Tillmans presents recent developments in his portraiture and still lifes. Featuring several new works not publicly shown before, the show juxtaposes pictures of intimacy and friendship with views and angles of the world at large. A wall-sized aerial view of the Sahara desert displays almost infinite detail while being monochromatic and near-abstract in appearance.
In line with Tillmans’s interest in exhibitions as amplifiers of a particular underlying perspective, each of the works engages in an intricate system of relationships between its aesthetic elements, subject, and institutional setting. Seen together, they implicate the viewer as an active part of the dialogue.
Image: Wolfgang Tillmans, Wolkenbruch, 2017 (detail)