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Thomas Demand Biography

Thomas Demand was born in 1964 in Munich, Germany. Demand is a German sculptor and photographer. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles, and teaches at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg.

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Since his first solo exhibition, at Tanit Galerie in Munich in 1992, Demand has shown at numerous international galleries and museums. Demand represented Germany at the Bienal de São Paulo in 2004. That same year, the Kunsthaus Bregenz mounted the first comprehensive presentation of Demand's major works from 1994 until 2004. Demand's work later was the subject of mid-career retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2005  and at the Neue Nationalgalerie in 2009.

Other solo exhibitions include Serpentine Gallery (2006), London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Fondazione Prada, Venice (both 2007), and the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Paris (2001). Demand participated in the Gwangju Biennale (2008), Shanghai Biennale (2006), in the Venice Biennale (2003), the Sydney Biennale (1998), and the Carnegie International(1999/2000). His work has been included in New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1996), Elsewhere at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh (1997), Great Illusions: Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ed Ruscha at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, (1999), Moving Pictures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2002 and 2003), and The Constructed Image at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto (2007). Moreover, the video Pacific Sun formed part of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Demand’s work is in numerous collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Tate Collection, London.

Thomas Demand Featured Artworks

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Ruine / Ruin by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandRuine / Ruin, 2017Chromogenic print on photographic paper and Diasec
180 x 300 cm
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Chute by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandChute, 2018Framed pigment print
83 x 110 cm
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Cavern I by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandCavern I, 2018Framed pigment print
65.7 x 136 cm
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Daily #32 by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandDaily #32, 2017Dye transfer print, framed
57.8 x 46.8 cm
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Plaza 23 by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandPlaza 23, 2015Framed pigment print
122.5 x 122.5 cm
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Taka Ishii Gallery
Dormitory 3 by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandDormitory 3, 2015Pigment print
165.3 x 129.4 cm
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Taka Ishii Gallery
Temple 54 by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandTemple 54, 2015Pigment print
126.3 x 162.2 cm
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Taka Ishii Gallery
Parkett by Thomas Demand contemporary artwork
Thomas DemandParkett, 2014C-print/diasec
100 x 137 cm
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Thomas Demand Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Photography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Demand, ARCHIVMATERIAL / NEW STOP MOTION at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
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24 November 2018–19 January 2019 Thomas Demand ARCHIVMATERIAL / NEW STOP MOTION Sprüth Magers, Berlin

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Thomas Demand In Ocula Magazine

Thomas Demand Ocula Conversation Thomas Demand By Diana d'Arenberg, Los Angeles

For two decades German-born artist Thomas Demand has captivated collectors and museums alike with his boundary pushing photography. With the dedication and single mindedness of an obsessive compulsive, Demand recreates meticulous and detailed life-size paper models of scenarios gleaned from media images, and then photographs them, blurring the...

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Thomas Demand In Related Press

Venice Notebook: Samplers From a Biennale Banquet Related Press Venice Notebook: Samplers From a Biennale Banquet 14 May 2017, The New York Times

The Biennale comprises a central exhibition, organized this year by Christine Macel, chief curator of the Pompidou Center in Paris; and 85 national pavilions, which feature solo or thematic presentations. Prizes are awarded to the best pavilion—this year it's Germany, which hosts a harrowing performance work by the young artist Anne...

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Grotto installation by Thomas Demand at Fondazione Prada Related Press Grotto installation by Thomas Demand at Fondazione Prada 24 December 2015, Designboom

Using 30 tons of grey cardboard, shaped by a computer and laid out to form a stratification with 900,000 sections, German artist Thomas Demand reproduced the rock chamber, stalactites and stalagmites of a grotto on the island of Mallorca. Demand creates huge complex environments in cardboard, photographs them and then he destroys the models...

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Making photos, not taking them; the distinction in 'Perfect Likeness' Related Press Making photos, not taking them; the distinction in 'Perfect Likeness' 8 July 2015, LA Times

Last year a Silicon Valley researcher estimated that more than 1.5 billion new photographs are posted every day on just the larger social media platforms, such as Facebook, Reddit and Snapchat. A new exhibition at the UCLA Hammer Museum proposes that, in response to this visually numbing fact, a distinctive strain of photography has slowly...

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Sprüth Magers At Art Basel In Miami Beach 2014 Related Press Sprüth Magers At Art Basel In Miami Beach 2014

Ocula's photographer Charles Roussel visited the Sprüth Magers booth (L16) at Art Basel in Miami BEACH. They brought works to the fair by Bernd & Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Rosemarie Trockel, Michail Pirellis, Jenny Holzer, George Condo and Thomas Demand.

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Thomas Demand In Video & Audio

An Interview with Thomas Demand – The Dailies (2015) Related Video & Audio An Interview with Thomas Demand – The Dailies (2015) 19 October 2015, American Suburb X

In the mid 1970s, architect Harry Seidler designed a space for the historic Commercial Travellers’ Association in Sydney, Australia. In collaboration with Pier Luigi Nervi, he created a circular building that sprouts up from the street like a radiating flower. For the 25th Kaldor Public Art Project, Thomas Demand’s series The Dailies...

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