House of Card by Thomas Demand

Leuven, October 2020

House of Card is a retrospective of the work of the German artist Thomas Demand (1964) with contributions by Arno Brandlhuber, Martin Boyce, Caruso St John and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Demand was trained as a sculptor. He gained a reputation in particular through his photographs of life-size models, made of coloured paper or cardboard and often based on existing visual materials. After taking pictures of these models, he discards them. Instead of the actual models, then, their photographical representation basically serves as his artistic work.

Exhibited at M Leuven, ‘HOUSE OF CARD’ offers an overview of various approaches to construction in Demand’s oeuvre from the past fifteen years. 

In addition to his series of ‘Model Studies’, the presents several rarely exhibited projects, such as 'Black Label' from 2009, ‘Embassy’ from 2007 (a collaboration with the German architect Arno Brandlhuber), ‘Nagelhaus’ from 2010 (anon-realized project in collaboration with Caruso St John),and ‘Kvadrat Pavilions’, involving a design by Demand which is currently being executed next to Kvadrat’s headquarters in Ebeltoft, Denmark.

9.10.2020 – 18.4.2021

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