• Thomas Demand, Refuge

    MARe/Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest December 15, 2021 – March 14, 2022 www.mare.ro
    Thomas Demand, Refuge

    Thomas Demand, Refuge IV, 2021, C-Print / Diasec, 200 x 240 cm. © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / VISARTA, Bucuresti


    The exhibition Refuge by Thomas Demand is organized within the framework of the long-standing cultural partnership between MARe/Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest, and the Goethe-Institut Bucharest.

    Acclaimed Berlin-based artist Thomas Demand has created a carefully crafted body of work using the tools of photography to create a stark and eerie world of almost real-looking, but thoroughly imagined and constructed environments and situations. His seemingly clean and unassuming, un-rhetorical images are the result of a sophisticated process of mimicking ordinary normality and sheer banality. Thomas Demand's seemingly unproblematic, light-footed and unobtrusive photographs deal with a deep problem of perception and understanding. His work draws out archetypal settings and places of today, including critical figures and models of the standard and iconic routines of contemporary life, of ordinary urban living and daily office work, of factory work and hotel or apartment life, of travel and science, and of politics and lifestyle.

    On view will be Refuge (I to V), a recent series of works from 2021 that deals with the description of potential places of refuge, places of apparent safety and protection that at the same time show loneliness, alienation and fear. The exhibition will also feature the complementary video Camera from 2007 (duration, 140 min).

    Prior to the opening on December 15, an artist talk with Thomas Demand will be moderated by Erwin Kessler, from 6 pm, at MARe/Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest, presenting to the public the artistic, technical and conceptual stakes of Thomas Demand and an overview of the evolution of his artistic practice.


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  • 30 Years KW auction with works by Thomas Demand and Anri Sala

    Grisebach, Berlin www.kw-berlin.de


    30 Years KW auction with works by Thomas Demand and Anri Sala

    Esther Schipper is pleased to announce 30 Years KW: Auction with works by Thomas Demand and Anri Sala.

    This year, KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e. V., the support association operating the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, celebrates its 30th anniversary. As part of the anniversary program the supporting association of KW and the Berlin Biennale is organizing a two-part auction in cooperation with the auction house Grisebach.

    Over 60 selected works by artists who have significantly influenced the history of KW and of the Berlin Biennale over the past three decades will be featured. These works of art reflect the unique exhibitions these institutions mounted over the same period. The proceeds will be used to support the artists as well as future projects of KW and the Berlin Biennale.

    The auction catalog is available here.

  • Thomas Demand – Centro Botín

    Centro Botín, Santander October 9, 2021 – March 6 2022 www.centrobotin.org
    Thomas Demand – Centro Botín

    Thomas Demand, Pond, 2020, C-Print / Diasec, 200 x 399 cm, edition of 6. Image © the artist


    Thomas Demand presents Mundo de Papel at Centro Botín, Santander. The exhibition is conceived as an installation combining photographs not previously shown and others selected by the artist and Udo Kittelmann, curator of the exhibition.

    For Mundo de Papel, Demand has designed an entire simulated urban landscape, composed of eight pavilions surrounded by wallpaper installations. Each pavilion hangs from the ceiling and serves as a display for his photographs and video works dating from 1996 to the most recent from 2021.

    Subjects include Whitney Houston’s last meal at the Beverly Hilton Hotel; the control room at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant; the recent Diamond Princess cruise ship stuck in quarantine; a pond with waterlilies like an impressionist painting; a red bow glowing in the sun or discarded plastic cups stuck on a mesh fence. Each scene is reconstructed with paper and cardboard using intricate folding and cutting techniques. After the model is built, he photographs them and discards the objects he created leaving only a visual narrative.

    Accompanying the exhibition will be a unique pop-up book including an essay by Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa and with three-dimensional representations of the pavilions, produced by Thomas Demand and co-edited in collaboration with Fundación Botín and London-based publishers Mack Books. Demand will lead a special workshop in Santander during the exhibition.

  • Thomas Demand – Garage MCA, Moscow

    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow September 10, 2021 – January 30, 2022 www.garagemca.org
    Thomas Demand – Garage MCA, Moscow

    Thomas Demand, Ballot, 2018, C-Print/Diasec, 180 x 280 cm
    Image © Thomas Demand, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/UPRAVIS, Moscow


    Mirror Without Memory is the first solo exhibition of Thomas Demand in Russia. Borrowing images of events from the press other sources (or organizing technical shoots), Demand reproduces these scenes in life size from cardboard and paper—basically making sculptures—after which he photographs them and subsequently destroys the models.

  • Spotlight: Thomas Demand

    Spotlight: Thomas Demand

    © Thomas Demand & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021


    Spotlight is a weekly presentation focusing on an artwork or a group of works. This week in the spotlight is Thomas Demand's Princess. ⁠⁠
    The work depicts a detail of the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that gained notoriety when in early February 2020 several passengers were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and Japanese health officials imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on the vessel which was then anchored in Yokohama, Japan. Aboard the ship were a total of 2,666 passengers and 1045 crew members whose daily activities were reported in worldwide news.⁠⁠
    The image is part of a series produced in 2020 for the covers of the Italian architectural magazine DOMUS. The series depicts "architecture which got into trouble," as Demand puts it. These are designs which became symbolic architectural forms for current disputes without necessarily being built with any such intention.


    Click here to see the full Spotlight

  • Artist Talk & Online Opening with Thomas Demand

    M Museum, Leuven October 8 , 2020, 8 – 9 pm https://fb.me/e/2SSLBGtY4
    Artist Talk & Online Opening with Thomas Demand

    Photo © Brigitte Lacombe


    Starting 9 October M is presenting the new exhibition HOUSE OF CARD by Thomas Demand. In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus there will be no physical opening event. Instead, there will be a livestream on Facebook on Thursday evening 8 October.


    8 pm – Première of the film M and Thomas Demand made on the exhibition (English, subtitles in Dutch and French)

    8:15 pm – Conversation between curator Valerie Verhack and Thomas Demand (English) on the exhibition at M and the accompanying book.


    Click HERE to attend the online event

  • Thomas Demand at M Museum

    M Museum, Leuven October 9, 2020 – April 18, 2021 www.mleuven.be
    Thomas Demand at M Museum

    Thomas Demand, Bluethroat, 2020, pigment print, 172 x 135 cm
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
    Photo © Thomas Demand


    House of Card offers an overview of various approaches to construction in Thomas Demand’s oeuvre from the past fifteen years. His work related to models, scenography and even buildings are closely related to architecture. At the same time House of Card shows the connection between Demand’s projects and those of other influential artists, architects and designers like Martin Boyce, Arno Brandlhuber, Caruso St John en Rirkrit Tiravanija.

    The title House of Card refers to the precariousness of Demand's practice as a builder. Whereas architecture generally equates with permanence, Demand prefers to explore the limits of the ephemeral, as is evidenced in his use of paper and cardboard.


    More inforiaton can be found HERE

  • Artist Talk with Thomas Demand

    Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich Friday March 1, 2019, 7pm www.lenbachhaus.de
    Artist Talk with Thomas Demand

    Photo © Thomas Demand


    To mark the release of the new publication of the monograph "The Complete Papers", Thomas Demand will join filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge in a conversation about Demand's artistic career.