Opening Wolfgang Tillmans: Today Is The First Day & Thao Nguyen Phan: Monsoon Melody

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Join us for the opening of Wolfgang Tillmans: Today Is The First Day (01.02 - 24.05.2020) & Thao Nguyen Phan: Monsoon Melody (01.02 - 26.04.2020)


18:00 - 22:00
Free entrance
DJ sets by Disconsole (Gay Haze)
Food truck

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About Wolfgang Tillmans: Today Is The First Day

WIELS inaugurates 2020 with the first large-scale solo exhibition in Belgium of the artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Today Is The First Day presents work by the artist from the past three decades, while opening up onto the latest developments in his work, especially with sound, and revealing his engagement within the public realm.Exhibited over two floors, the presentation includes new photography, sound and video works in a spatial constellation, conceived especially by Tillmans for WIELS.

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About Thao Nguyen Phan: Monsoon Melody

Thao Nguyen Phan’s works draw from the rich and turbulent history of her native country, Vietnam. The exhibition at WIELS – her largest to date – includes three videos accompanied by paintings: Tropical Siesta (2017), Mute Grain (2019) and Becoming Alluvium (2019). Taking different forms and starting points, these recent projects all explore the agricultural, political and social context of the Vietnamese rurality and countryside. However, Phan’s work transgresses a purely historical or political point of view, to incorporate an interest in literature and language. Through storytelling, fiction, official and unofficial history, it subtly reveals the forgotten and the forgettable in poetic recollections.

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