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Thomas Demand – Princess, 2020

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

Thomas Demand
Princess, 2020
C-Print/Diasec
150 x 110 cm
Edition of 6 plus 1 artist's proof
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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 1,045 crew members whose daily activities were reported in worldwide news.

Visualization © Thomas Demand

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.
<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

Project for Domus Magazine
10 issues, 2020

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The Italian magazine Domus has long been a major force of architectural publishing. Founded by Gio Ponti in 1928, the magazine began planning for its 100 years anniversary already two years ago with an ambitious program of a decade of yearly guest editors. In 2020 the British architect David Chipperfield took on this function. Known in Berlin for his thoughtful reconstruction of the Neues Museum (1993-2009) and the more recent completion of the James-Simon-Galerie (1999-2018), Chipperfield collaborated with Thomas Demand who made all the magazine’s 10 covers for the year 2020.

 
Thomas Demand was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany. He lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.  <br><br>Demand’s photographs are generally based on found photographs. With his training as a sculptor, he generally 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. These life-sized constructions are then destroyed once they are photographed.<br>

Thomas Demand was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany. He lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.

Demand’s photographs are generally based on found photographs. With his training as a sculptor, he generally 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. These life-sized constructions are then destroyed once they are photographed.


Photo © Brigitte Lacombe

 

Concurrent Exhibition – Special Dossier

<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

HOUSE OF CARD
M – Museum, Leuven
On view through April 18, 2021
Advanced booking required

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M Leuven is presenting HOUSE OF CARD, a major retrospective of the work of Thomas Demand, with contributions by Arno Brandlhuber, Martin Boyce, Caruso St John and Rirkrit Tiravanija. The exhibition is the first to concentrate in-depth on the role of architecture in Demand’s work.

 

The Reading Corner with Thomas Demand

<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

HOUSE OF CARD
Publisher: MACK/M Leuven
2020
Language: English

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Published on the occasion of Thomas Demand’s major solo exhibition at M Leuven, this book focuses on Demand’s relationship to architecture and his engagement with architects over almost fifteen years.

<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

The Complete Papers
Publisher: MACK
2019
Language: English

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The Complete Papers is an extensive volume encompassing all of Thomas Demand’s work over the past 28 years, together with the primary texts written about his practice. The book includes previously unseen early works from 1990, together with reference reproductions on every one of his pieces.

Winner of the Best Book on Contemporary Art, Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards 2019.

<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

The Boat Is Leaking. The Captain Lied.
Publisher: Fondazione Prada
2017
Language: English & Italian

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Cardboard case with two volumes:
The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied. (exhibition catalogue)
Kong’s Finest Hour. A Chronicle of Connections (novel)

<b>Thomas Demand / Hal Foster</b><br>

Thomas Demand / Hal Foster

The Dailies
Publisher: MACK
2015
Language: English

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Working within the parameters of his established technique, Thomas Demand created carefully formed paper and card sculptures, a parallel world which is photographed and then destroyed. The Dailies offers only traces – signs of consumption, or the spectres of things left behind. His creations are based on things he saw and photographs he took while travelling and walking the street.

<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

Model Studies I & II
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
2015
Language: German & English

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"Models are generally understood as filtered interpretations of the environment, without the distraction of a multitude of various stimulations. In architecture they lean toward the utopian, showing how much better things could be: neither details nor decay can obfuscate the splendor of the new development on display. My own association with models has often taken advantage of the untouched and timeless quality they can offer."
—Thomas Demand

<b>Ben Lerner &amp; Thomas Demand</b><br>

Ben Lerner & Thomas Demand

Blossom
Publisher: MACK
2015
Language: English

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The texts and images presented here are part of Blossom, a collaboration between the artist Thomas Demand and writer Ben Lerner. The images relate to a detail from a photograph of Katherine Russell, widow of Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev leaving her home in Boston, that first appeared in the New York Times on 4 May 2013.

 
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