Born 1964 in Munich, Germany.
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.


1995 Rijksakademie Amsterdam
1993–1994 Goldsmith‘s College, London
1989–1992 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1987–1889 Akademie der bildenden Künste, Munich


2010–2011 Getty Scholarship at the Getty Research Institute, United States
1998 DG-Bank Preis für künstlerische Fotografie, Germany
1997–1998 Schmidt-Rottluff Preisträger Bildende Kunst, Germany
1997 Villa Massimo, Italy
Förderpreis der LH München für Fotografie, Germany
1996 Kulturpreisträger des BDI, Germany
Krupp von Bohlen Halbach Preis für zeitgenössische Fotografie, Germany
1995 Kunstfonds, Germany
Arbeitsstipendium des Bayrischen Staates für New York, Germany
1994 DAAD Auslandsstipendium für das Vereinigte Königreich, Germany
1993 Cité international des arts, France

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2020 House of Card, M – Museum, Leuven
2016 Thomas Demand, Villa Paloma - Project Space, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
FOCUS: Thomas Demand, The Modern, Fort Worth, TX
2015 Daily Show, The Common Guild, Glasgow
Modellstudien, Siza Pavillon, Stiftung Museumsinsel Hombroich, Neuss
Pacific Sun, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Model Studies, Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL
2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
The Dailies, Kaldor Public Art Projects #25, Sydney
2010 Nationalgalerie, Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
2009 Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Presidency. Embassy, MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna
2005 Thomas Demand, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Original Bauhaus: The Centenary Exhibition, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Making Art Public: 50 Years of Kaldor Public Art Projects, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Thrill of Deception. From Ancient Art to Virtual Reality, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen (touring)
2018 Image Building. How Photography Transforms Architecture, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Tacita Dean: Still Life, National Gallery, London
2017 The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied, Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice
Jardins, Grand Palais, Paris
Make New History, 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
Variable Dimensions – artists and architecture, MAAT Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Lisbon
2016 Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
L’image volée, Fondazione Prada, Milan (curator)
The Candle, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
TELE-Gen. Art and Television, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
2015 TELE-Gen. Art and Television, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Future Present, Schaulager, Basel
2014 Now You See It. Photography and Concealment, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Room Service, Staatliche Kunsthalle zu Baden-Baden
2013 Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
2012 Common Ground, Architecture Biennale, Venice
Lifelike, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2011 La Carte d’Après Nature at the Nouveau Musée National in Monaco (curator)
2004 26th São Paulo Biennial
2003 50th Venice Biennale

Thomas Demand trained as sculptor. His photographs are generally based on found press photographs. He builds elaborate models using colored paper and cardboard which he then photographs. Often the depicted images include oblique references to historically important sites or events. No writing appears in the recreated images. The life-sized mock-ups are then destroyed.