Wolfgang Tillmans
I Didn’t Inhale
7 July 1997 – 3 August 1997
Opening: Monday 7 July

I Didn’t Inhale is an exhibition of new and previously unseen photographs. It has been installed by Tillmans in a way that subverts the categories consigned to photography. Tillmans uses a fresh, unabashed approach to the traditional genres of still-life, landscape and portraiture. With a keen understanding of the codes of visual culture, he creates an exhibition that has the power to both surprise and engage its audience.

Working collaboratively with the people he photographs, Tillmans creates, “an atmosphere of possibility…getting people in front of a camera into a mode where on the one hand they can loose some of their inhibitions, whilst remaining aware of the process of which they are a part”. For this exhibition the artist selected and staged a version of the world in which he would like to live in.

Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968, Remscheid, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and London. He has exhibited extensively across the world and in 2017 has major solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, UK; Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland and Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany. Other solo shows include Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2016); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany, Les Rencontres d'Arles, France and Museo de Arte de Lima (2013); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2010). His work has been included in significant group exhibitions including Manifesta 10, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014), Fundamentals, the 14th International Architecture Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2014); the Berlin Biennale, Germany (2014, 1998), the British Art Show 5 and 7, UK (2000, 2010); the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2009) and the 51st and 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy (2005, 2009). In 2016, he launched a pro-European Union poster campaign in response to the British referendum.  He continues to run Between Bridges, a non-profit exhibition space that opened in London in 2006, relocating to Berlin in 2013. Tillmans was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2015, the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie in 2009, and the Turner Prize in 2000, the first photographer and non-British artist to receive the award. In 2013 he became a Royal Academician, and between 2009 and 2014 he served as a Tate trustee.

I didn’t inhale marked a definitive moment in Tillmans’ career, catalysing his rise to prominence in the late 1990s and predating his Turner Prize success in 2000. Since his Chisenhale Gallery exhibition, Tillmans has continued to make work that challenges the photographic canon, combining sculpture, sound, video, performance and curatorial projects. Drawing on his critical engagement with social issues, Tillmans’ work portrays both intimacy and political urgency.

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Wolfgang Tillmans

Reprinted 2017

Chisenhale Poster 1997
Reprinted 2017
841 x 595 mm
Offset print
Edition of 500
Typography by Scott King

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Chisenhale Gallery presents a special limited edition artwork by Wolfgang Tillmans, the second in the Anniversary Editions series.

The Anniversary Editions series celebrates Chisenhale Gallery’s historic exhibitions programme, highlighting seminal solo shows that the gallery has commissioned, produced and presented since the early 1980s. Marking 20 years since his 1997 exhibition I Didn’t Inhale, Tillmans’ edition is a reproduction of the original A1 poster that accompanied his Chisenhale Gallery exhibition.

Taken from his Concorde series, the poster shows the aeroplane ascending through a clouded British sky – a symbol of techno-utopia rising above the landscape. Describing Concorde’s significance, Tillmans wrote at the time, “to watch it in air, landing or taking-off is a strange and free spectacle, a super modern anachronism and an image of the desire to overcome time and distance through technology.” Reproduced twenty years later, the optimism captured in Tillmans’ photograph gains poignancy – representing past hopes for an unrealised future.  

Opening at Chisenhale Gallery on 6 June 1997, I Didn’t Inhale comprised a body of new and previously unseen photographs. Engaging with the art historical genres of still life, landscape, portraiture and abstraction, Tillmans’ photographs subverted these categories, depicting everyday objects and scenes and fragile human forms. Pinned or taped directly onto the walls, the unframed images challenged conventional methods of exhibiting photography. In conjunction with the show, Tillmans published Concorde, a book of photographs, in which the Chisenhale Poster image appears. The book, which is currently out of print, is also republished this year.

I Didn’t Inhale marked a definitive moment in Tillmans’ career, catalysing his rise to prominence in the late 1990s and predating his Turner Prize success in 2000. Since his Chisenhale Gallery exhibition, Tillmans has continued to make work that challenges the photographic canon, combining sculpture, sound, video, performance and curatorial projects. Drawing on his critical engagement with social issues, Tillmans’ work portrays both intimacy and political urgency. This year, he is celebrated in major exhibitions at Tate Modern and the Fondation Beyeler, securing his reputation as one of the most innovative artists of his generation.  

Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968, Remscheid, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and London. He has exhibited extensively across the world and in 2017 has major solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, UK; Foundation Beyeler, Riehen, Switzerland and Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany. Other solo shows include Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto (2016); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany, Les Rencontres d'Arles, France and Museo de Arte de Lima (2013); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2010). His work has been included in significant group exhibitions including Manifesta 10, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014), Fundamentals, the 14th International Architecture Biennale directed by Rem Koolhaas, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2014); the Berlin Biennale, Germany (2014, 1998), the British Art Show 5 and 7, UK (2000, 2010); the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2009) and the 51st and 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy (2005, 2009). In 2016, he launched a pro-European Union poster campaign in response to the British referendum.  He continues to run Between Bridges, a non-profit exhibition space that opened in London in 2006, relocating to Berlin in 2013. Tillmans was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2015, the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie in 2009, and the Turner Prize in 2000, the first photographer and non-British artist to receive the award. In 2013 he became a Royal Academician, and between 2009 and 2014 he served as a Tate trustee.

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

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Wolfgang Tillmans

Chisenhale Edition, 2011
A4 laser print on 130gsm chamois coloured, tinted drawing paper; float mounted inside cardboard box. Covered box made from 1150 micron grey unlined board, covered base with black paper, lid covered in 150gsm yellow printed paper; hook fixing for hanging folded on underside of base.
Dimensions: 320 x 235 x 25 mm
Edition of 100 plus 50AP, signed and numbered

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Chisenhale Gallery presents a very special limited editon by Wolfgang Tillmans, the first in an annual series of ‘Archive Editions’.

‘Archive Editions’ works with artists who have participated in Chisenhale Gallery’s historic exhibition programme at pivotal points in their career and who now kindly donate their work to raise funds to realise the gallery’s artistic programme and support the next generation of pioneer artists.

Wolfgang Tillmans made an exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery in 1997. This was Tillmans’ first major solo exhibition in a public gallery in the UK. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2000 and is recognized as one of the worlds’ leading contemporary artists.

Tillmans continues to have an expansive and prolific exhibition and publication history. As ever, he questions both the meaning of representation and the representation of meaning through exploring photographic form, as well as the cultural politics of identity and the transient beauty of the everyday world around us.

Chisenhale Edition, 2011 is an A4 sized print of a Tillmans ‘paper drop’ image on chamois coloured, tinted drawing paper. The print is mounted in a cardboard box modelled exactly on a yellow Kodak colour photography paper box. There is a small hook fixed to the underside of the box, which can be folded out to enable the edition to be displayed on a wall.

Wolfgang Tillmans started to make ‘paper drop’ images depicting photographic paper specifically exposed to coloured light in his darkroom in 2001. Tillmans has always chosen to present his photographs unframed, reflecting his interest in the photograph as an embodied image, with a three dimensional presence, however thin. The sculptural connection with photography is not, for Tillmans, only in the subject matter relationship (which is strongly present in a number of his works) but also in a direct object-related way. The decision to then make photographs and photographic paper itself the subject of his work was a continuation of this understanding and exploration. Later with the ‘Lighter’ work (produced since 2005) Tillmans dropped the act of photographing and allowed the photographs - in their three dimensional form - to only represent themselves, not even to hint at an image of anything but be something in and of themselves.

Chisenhale Edition is printed with a laser printer onto paper, a non-photochemical process. The print is then mounted and displayed in a replica of a classic Kodak paper box. Everything is authentic except the paper size. Photographic paper is produced and cut to traditional inch sizes. Photocopies and office printers in Europe work to ‘A’ sizes. So here is a point of contact with two of Tillmans’ preferred picture mediums: the photocopy and the ‘C-type’ photograph.

Chisenhale Edition is an object with a picture, it is signed on the box and can be hung either open, showing the paper drop, or closed with the lid, having the bright Kodak yellow lighten up the room.

Wolfgang Tillmans (b.1968, Remscheid, Germany), studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, England from 1990 to 1992. In 2009, he received the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie and was selected to serve as an Artist Trustee on the Board of Tate. Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He currently has a major solo exhibition at Tate Modern and previously had solo exhibitions at many major international galleries and museums including Tate Britain and Serpentine Gallery, London; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; PS1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tamayo Museum, Mexico City and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.

Tillmans is Professor of Interdisciplinary art at Stadelschuele, Frankfurt and runs the not for profit exhibition space ‘Between Bridges’ in London.

Wolfgang Tillmans is represented by Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris.

Click here to view the archive page of Wolfgang Tillmans' 1997 Chisenhale Gallery exhibition I Didin't Inhale.

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk



Wolfgang Tillmans

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A1 poster
1997
Colour
Designed by Scott King/Studio 3 Quarters

For more information about the exhibition please click here

  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk