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Hamburger Bahnhof

Published on April 19, 2008

So much to see at the Hamburger Bahnhof right now. The Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition, Lighter, is epic, occupying much of the 300-meter-long Rieckhallen, a former warehouse that was renovated and linked to the main exhibition space in 2004. I’ve always thought that Tillmans’ photographs work best in book form, where the collective presentation of related themes and consistent scale seem to strengthen both his casually composed snapshots as well as the more formal, conceptual series (like Concorde), but this exhibition has made me think otherwise. The experience of the multiple formats, subjects and modes of presentation that Tillmans explores is quite affective. Here are a few shots to give an idea of the variety of formats on display:

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The remainder of the Rieckhallen features more work from the controversial Friedrich Christian Flick collection, offering a broad overview to large-format, post-Becher photographic practice.

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Rodney Graham, Flanders Tree, 1989/2001

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Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Sichtbare Welt, 1997

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Axel Hütte, Vescona 1, 1991

A third exhibition of photographs from the endearing husband and wife team Anna and Bernhard Blume features work from the 1970s through 2004.

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