Wolfgang Tillmans: Today Is The First Day

German artist Wolfgang Tillmans launched a fantastic campaign titled “2020Solidarity” to support art spaces, night clubs and music venues deeply impacted by the COVID 19 crisis. Between Bridges, the organisation founded and led by Tillmans, does not sell posters to the public, instead they arrange, print and distribute them to organisations in need for free. The posters are then included in crowdfunding and sponsoring campaigns. Migrate Art in the UK is, for example, taking part in this intelligent project. Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky, Anri Sala are some of the artists who have generously created an artwork for the campaign.

Meanwhile, Brussels-exhibition space WIELS reopened its solo-exhibition of works by Tillmans to the public under strict health and safety measure. Exhibited over two floors, Today Is The First Day features new video, sound and photographs by the artist. Since the early 1990s, Tillmans’ works has explored a new subjectivity in photography, mixing visual poetry, nature mortes, sexual desire, and politics. The artist’s social activism and engagement make him a powerful voice for the defence of democracy, Europe, and minority rights.

Image: Wolfgang Tillmans, Wet Room, Gloves, 2010. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne, Maureen Paley, London, David Zwirner, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris