Wolfgang Tillmans wins 2015 Hasselblad Award


The Hasselblad Foundation is pleased to announce that German artist Wolfgang Tillmans is the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for the sum of SEK 1,000,000 (approximately EUR 110,000). The award ceremony takes place in Gothenburg on November 30, 2015. On December 1 an exhibition of Tillmans’s work will open at the Hasselblad Center, Sweden. On the same day, the Hasselblad Foundation will host a symposium with the award winner, and a new book by Tillmans will be released.

The Foundation’s citation regarding the 2015 Award winner Wolfgang Tillmans: “Wolfgang Tillmans has established himself among the most original and innovative artists of his generation, constantly pushing the photographic medium in new directions. His practice has covered subjects of pressing political and social importance since the 1990s, reflecting both directly and indirectly on the power of the photographic image to engage critically with the world around us. Furthermore, Tillmans has transformed the understanding of photographic exhibition making through his daring and original installations, playing with scale, formats, framing and presentation to produce immersive experiences that have inspired subsequent generations of artists.”

This year’s award committee, which submitted its proposal to the Foundation’s board of directors, consisted of:

Simon Baker, chair, Curator of Photography, Tate Modern, London

Irina Chmyreva, Senior Curator, Project in Support for Photography in Russia, IRIS Foundation, Moscow

Katerina Gregos, independent curator and Artistic Director, Art Brussels, Brussels

Roberto Koch, Publisher, Contrasto Books, Rome and Milan

Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, New York