Macella Beccaria - Thomas Demand: Castello di Rivoli

  • Skira Editore, 2003
  • Softcover, 56 pages

The catalogue of the first Italian solo-exhibition devoted to the German artist Thomas Demand, born in Munich in 1964. Thomas Demand (b. 1964 in Munich) lives and works in Berlin. From 1987 to 1989 he studied at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste of Munich and from 1989-1991 at the Kunstakademie of Dusseldorf. In 1992 he moved to Paris and the following year he attended Goldsmiths College in London where he received a Master of Arts in 1994. Demand has received widespread recognition and has participated in numerous group exhibitions including: New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1996; Stills: Emerging Photography in the 1990s, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1997; Carnegie International 1999/2000, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 1999. He has held solo exhibitions in various museums including the Tate Gallery, London, in 1999, the Fondation Cartier pur L'Art Contemporain of Paris in 2000 and the Sprengel Museum of Hannover, the Aspen Art Museum (Colorado) and the De Appel in Amsterdam in 2001. The volume examines Demand's unique photographs which are characterized by a continuous shifting between reality and fiction.

Photography, sculpture and architecture are combined in his works depicting life-size cardboard models created by the artist, according to a complex passage that leads from the three dimensions of sculpture to the two dimensions. His photographs are ambiguous screens placed at the boundary between abstraction and detail, between formal materiality and two-dimensional illusion. Entering Demand's images is easy, what is difficult here is finding one's way out.

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