Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand studied with the sculptor Fritz Schwegler, who encouraged him to explore the expressive possibilities of architectural models at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where Bernd and Hilla Becher had recently taught photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Candida Höfer. Like those artists, Demand makes mural-scale photographs, but instead of finding his subject matter in landscapes, buildings, and crowds, he uses paper and cardboard to reconstruct scenes he finds in images taken from various media sources. Once he has photographed his re-created environments—always devoid of figures but often displaying evidence of recent human activity—Demand destroys his models, further complicating the relationship between reproduction and original that his photography investigates.

Demand (born 1964) has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and he represented Germany at the Bienal de São Paulo. Demand lives and works in Berlin.

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Museum Exhibitions
Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection
SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen
Sindelfingen, Germany
Apr 15, 2018 - Jan 6, 2020
The Big Picture: A Transformative Gift from the Hall Family Foundation
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO
Apr 28 - Oct 7, 2018
Alexander Kluge. Pluriverse - The poetic power of theory
Belvedere Museum
Vienna, Austria
Jun 6 - Sep 30, 2018

She sees the shadows
Wales, UK
Jul 14 - Nov 4, 2018
Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture
Frist Art Museum
Nashville, TN
Jul 20 - Oct 28, 2018
A gaze into architecture - Phases of Contemporary Photography and Architecture
Tokyo, Japan
Aug 4 - Oct 8, 2018

Catastrophe and the Power of Art
Mori Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan
Oct 6, 2018 - Jan 20, 2019