Image: Wolfgang Tillmans, Icestorm, 2001; courtesy of the artist, David Zwirner, New York / Hong Kong, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin / Cologne, Maureen Paley, London

SFMOMA Opens Wolfgang Tillmans Exhibit in November

This November, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opens Wolfgang Tillmans: To look without fear, the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date.

Organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the survey includes iconic works by Tillmans in photography, video and multimedia installation, a diverse practice united by the artist’s profoundly inventive philosophical approach, sensitivity and desire for human connection. To look without fear opens at SFMOMA on November 11, 2023, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco.

To look without fear offers viewers an in-depth look at the work of Wolfgang Tillmans, charting the development of his practice according to a loose chronology beginning in the 1980s through the present day.

Tillmans considers the role of the artist to be, among other things, that of “an amplifier.”

He works across every imaginable genre of photography, continually exploring how to make pictures meaningful.

From early experiments with a photocopier to his acclaimed portraits, ecstatic images of nightlife, documents of social movements and his cameraless abstractions, the broad range of the artist’s subject matter reveals a steadfast commitment to engage unflinchingly with the world.