Jeu de Paume in Paris is closed until 28 September 2024 due to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Jeu de Paume in Tours is open.

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Thomas Demand

The Stutter of History

From 14 February to 28 May 2023

Jeu de Paume – Paris

Thomas Demand. The Stutter of History is the first major retrospective of Thomas Demand in France, it presents 60 works (photographs, films and wallpapers), covering the major aspects of Demand’s work.

Demand’s images may appear to depict the real world but upon closer inspection they resonate with a fragile similitude that belies the fact that they are actually photographs of his handmade three-dimensional sculptural recreations of found images culled from the media. The key to understanding the work of Thomas Demand is the feedback loop between the actual historical world that we inhabit, photographic documents of that world from the media, and Demand’s sculptural recreations of those images that he relaunches back into our world as large-scale photographs.

Travelling exhibition

UCCA Edge, Shanghai (July 8 – September 4, 2022), Jeu de Paume, Paris (February 14 – May 28, 2023), Israel Museum, Jérusalem (August 9, 2023 – February 10, 2024), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (June 16 – September 15, 2024), Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (November 30, 2024 – March 9, 2025).

Curator: Douglas Fogle.

The exhibition is co-organised by FEP (Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis / Paris / Lausanne) and UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing / Shanghai), in collaboration with Jeu de Paume.

With the help of the Esther Schipper Gallery, Paris and the Goethe Institute of Paris.

Partners: SNCF Gares & Connexions, Les Inrockuptibles, Trax Magazine, Mouvement.