Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 at Tate Modern

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017

This weekend I headed out to see Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017, a huge sprawling 14-room exhibition at Tate Modern. The multimedia show by the German artist includes photography huge and small, alone and grouped, framed and fixed to the wall with bulldog clips and nails and even sellotape. Alongside the photography, for which Tillmans is perhaps best known, there are several multimedia pieces including a room with acoustic panels mounted on the walls and ceiling blasting the music of 1980s British band Colourbox from a very retro looking sound system. Elsewhere a myriad of homemade tables display an assortment of articles and images – part of Tillmans’ 2005 truth study center – an ongoing project that collates all kinds of visual and written material as a kind of tabletop scrapbook. It presents a complete sensory overload of information on everything from brain research to global warming. My favourite room had a series of beautiful portraits, including the one of musician and singer Frank Ocean that was used on the cover of his album Orange. The scale and pace of the exhibition is quite disorientating and unsettling but I think, ultimately, that was the point.

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 at Tate Modern. Until 11 June.