Exhibitions - Wolfgang Tillmans «Neue Welt»

Kunsthalle Zürich

  Date: 31.08.2012 - 04.11.2012

Wolfgang Tillmans «Neue Welt»


The first exhibition in the Kunsthalle Zürich's renovated and extended premises in the Löwenbräu art complex is dedicated to the return of an artist who presented his very first institutional exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich in 1995, a show that marked the beginning of his international career. Tillmans, who works in photography and video, is one of the most important representatives of the art of the 1990s and has created icons of a generation with his photographs. His work revolves around the life and concerns of his generation, and includes portraits of friends and individuals from the London and international club, fashion and gay scenes. He also provides a committed and personal insight into the global social and political events of this generation. In the opening exhibition at the new Löwenbräu, Wolfgang Tillmans (born in Remscheid, Germany, in 1968; lives and works in London and Berlin) will present a large-scale show, which will provide a platform for previously unseen and recent experimental works and innovative forms of presentation.




Helen Marten «Almost the exact shape of Florida»


The Kunsthalle Zürich's second opening exhibition in the new Löwenbräu art complex is the first institutional solo exhibition to be presented by British artist Helen Marten (born in Macclesfield, England, in 1985; lives and works in London). Marten belongs to a generation of artists, for whom the internet is no longer a mere media-based counterpart, but an environment that is equal to physical reality. In her works, which lend central importance to the real, the physical and craftsmanship, she uses everyday materials from the 'warehouse' of the present – for example, metal, particleboard, door handles, water bottles, clay and mobile telephones – which she deploys playfully with a view to discovering a new syntax of the real. In her installations, videos, sculptures and objects, Marten handles reality codes, languages, iconic images and symbols with confidence and refers to art history, architecture, design, popular culture and digital phenomena with a supreme lightness of touch. In this way, she develops an idiom with which she humorously describes both the reference system of art and the coding of the visual that changes everything.
The exhibition is co-commissioned with Chisenhale Gallery, London (23 November 2012 – 29 January 2013)