Thomas Demand, Grotto


Thomas Demand (German, born 1964)

Grotto (from Catalogue Serpentine Gallery, Collector’s Edition), 2006/2009

Medium: Set of 2 cibachrome prints, exhibition catalogue

Dimensions: each 20.6 x 31.5 cm

Edition of 60 + 20 AP: One print signed, one print numbered, catalogue numbered

Condition: Mint



In stock

Thomas Demand, Grotto was published on the occasion of the Serpentine Gallery’s exhibition in 2006 (6 June through 20 August). This collector’s edition includes two signed and numbered cibachrome prints and a numbered exhibition catalogue.

Thomas Demand is a renowned German artist whose unique practice integrates sculpture and photography, creating large-scale, illusionistic photographs that are steeped in layers of interpretation and artifice. Initially trained as a sculptor, Demand began his artistic journey crafting intricate models from paper, which he then captured photographically. Over time, his method evolved such that the models themselves became transient, constructed solely for the purpose of photographing and then deliberately destroyed, leaving the photos as the sole enduring artworks. Demand’s artworks are meticulously staged recreations of scenes often sourced from media images that depict politically or historically significant locations. For instance, he has reconstructed environments like the bunker where an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler was made, transforming them into life-size models made entirely from paper and cardboard. These models, while appearing ordinary at first glance, hold deep historical and political resonances. After photographing these painstakingly crafted scenes, Demand destroys the physical model, ensuring that the photograph serves as the final, enigmatic artifact of his artistic intervention. The resulting artwork challenges the viewer’s perception of reality, blurring the lines between what is real and what is fabricated. Demand’s art questions the authenticity of photographic representation and explores themes of memory and history, often depicting spaces that suggest human presence or recent activity yet remain hauntingly devoid of people. The artist has been the subject of solo exhibitions at major institutions including Fondazione Prada, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk. He represented Germany at the 26th São Paulo Biennale in Brazil in 2004. Thomas Demand was born in Munich, Germany in 1964.

Thomas Demand, Grotto


Limited Edition Photograph


Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, Figurative Art



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