‘ESO’ Series including 'Guide Star', Wolfgang Tillmans, 2012

Queen's House closure

Visitor notice. On Friday 20 July the Great Hall, Tulip Stairs and some ground floor rooms will be closed. The rest of the Queen's House will remain open, including the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I.


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In his ‘ESO’ series, Tillmans explores the work of the European Southern Observatory’s telescopes at Cerro Parañal in Chile, a 21st-century equivalent of the Royal Observatory Greenwich in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Wolfgang Tillmans’ very first shots were captured through a telescope when he was a child, and his work still reflects his early passion.

The telescopes of the 'ESO' series peer into the space to capture sights at the very edge of visibility. Tillmans turns the fleeting data from the astronomers’ computer screens into a work of art. In doing so, he addresses the techniques and technological limitations of astrophotography.

Find out more about ESO (European Southern Observatory)