Highlights of the art season 2017

Andreas Schulze, untitled, 2011

Andreas Schulze once said that he painted his world the way he wanted it to be. Absurd, bizzare, shrill, beautiful and warm. Some of his pictures seem threatening and devoid of human life.

Schulze shows large paintings and hand-painted ceramic heads in the VGH gallery. "Dicke Luft", the exhibition title chosen by him, comments on a precarious picture in which it smokes and stinks from many pipes. But the colorful fog is not just funny. They also passively refer to the costs and abysses of our technological progress optimization.

The exhibition will take place from 09.02. - 31.05.2017 daily from 11 am to 5 pm in the VGH gallery in Hanover.

Barbara Kruger, Empatía, 2016

Enough should be enough. Who owns what? Blind idealism is reactionary (with a cross in red). Terrifying (another cross in red). Mortal. All these are samples of the phrases and questions that from cover the walls, corridors, and ceilings at the Bellas Artes metro station. Kruger (born in Newark, New Jersey, 1945) has installed the work “Empathy,” with an aim toward “making suggestions as to how we behave toward one another.“

Wolfgang Tillmans, Blautopf, Landscape, 2001

What are we to make of the world in which we find ourselves today? Contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans offers plenty of food for thought.

This is Wolfgang Tillmans’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern and brings together works in an exciting variety of media – photographs, of course, but also video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music – all staged by the artist in characteristically innovative style.

The year 2003 is the exhibition’s point of departure, representing for Tillmans the moment the world changed, with the invasion of Iraq and anti-war demonstrations. The social and political form a rich vein throughout the artist’s work.

Alongside portraiture, landscape and intimate still lifes, Tillmans pushes the boundaries of the photographic form in abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive.

German-born, international in outlook and exhibited around the world, Tillmans spent many years in the UK and is currently based in Berlin. In 2000, he was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize.

Tillmans also takes over the south Tank for ten days with an immersive new installation featuring his work in music and video, interspersed with live events in which Tillmans and his collaborators will explore the capabilities of the sound system and the acoustic qualities of the space.