Tim Walker
Wonderful things

Kunsthal Rotterdam
September 24, 2022 – January 29, 2023

This autumn at the Kunsthal you can immerse yourself in the fantastical imagination of one of the world’s most inventive fashion photographers: Tim Walker (1970). The compelling exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things celebrates his rich imaginative power. With elaborate and often surreal sets, his photographs transport the visitors to enchanted worlds. Tilda Swinton, Grace Jones, Grayson Perry, as well as many other muses and models, feature in this largest-ever exhibition about Tim Walker – with over 150 new works inspired by the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.

At the heart of the exhibition are ten new photographic series that are directly influenced by the treasures in the V&A’s huge collection. The wide-ranging and eclectic collection of this museum for art and design is a source of inspiration for Walker. Together with curators, conservators and technicians he roamed the impressive galleries, depots, and hidden nooks and crannies of the museum in search of objects to spark his imagination. Along the way he encountered luminous stained-glass windows, vivid Indian miniature paintings, jewelled snuffboxes, erotic illustrations, golden shoes, and a 65-metre-long photograph of the Bayeux Tapestry, the largest photograph in the museum’s collection. These and many other rare objects inspired Walker’s monumental photographs in the exhibition.

Catalogue – Tim Walker – Wonderful Things

The compelling exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things celebrates is shown from the 24th of September until the 29th of January 2023.

Published to to accompany the V&A’s mesmerizing exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, this catalogue is a journey through the creative mind of one of the world’s most inventive photographers. 

Radical, exciting and original, Tim Walker is one of the world’s foremost photographers, an energetic, imaginative force who conjures other worlds through his images. 

The catalogue contains over 100 compelling photographs, from ten magical photoshoots inspired by objects from the V&A’s enormous and wide-ranging collection, alongside conversations between the set designers, stylists, hair and make-up artists, models and muses – e.g. Garce Jones, Tilda Swinton and Grayson Perry, who collaborate with Walker to bring his imagination to life. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes imagery, revealing Walker’s creative process from preliminary sketches, through his detailed research in the labyrinth of storerooms and galleries at the V&A, to his spectacular final pictures, also feature. 

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