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L’Image Volée: Thomas Demand in Milan

On show at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, the first Italian exhibition curated by the German artist Thomas Demand (b. 1964) approaches and develops the theme of stolen, re-used, or reenacted imagery.

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On show at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, the first Italian exhibition curated by the German artist Thomas Demand (b. 1964), L’Image Volée, approaches and develops the theme of stolen, re-used, or reenacted imagery. Articulated through three micro categories, the exhibition path occupies the biggest portion of the Foundation space, ultimately aiming at capturing and altering the viewers’ perception of reality and artistic motion. The stolen image is one of the hottest themes of the last sixty years in art, since the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp drew a mustache on the Mona Lisa already in 1919.

 

Thomas Demand,Vault, 2012. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada. Above: Thomas Demand, Grotto, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

Vault, 2012. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada. Above: Grotto, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.

As a master in image appropriation himself, Demand proposes a variegated set of works dating from the 18th century to the 21st. By doing so, he engages visitors in a clever journey through irony and provocation. A deep curatorial effort was not required, for the display is clear and easy to follow. For example, a minimalist attitude was kept in setting up the premises and labeling the artworks. Only one work by Thomas Demand is on display, Vault (2012), sitting right around the first corner and introducing itself as the artist’s personal statement of his presence.

 

L'Image volée, 2016, Installation view

L’Image Volée, 2016, Installation view. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.

 

Another important mark of Demand’s passage at the Fondazione Prada is Processo Grottesco, a display of the only existing model he used for realizing Grotto (2006). Processo Grottesco is an opportunity to unravel Demand’s complex artistic procedure, offering an encounter between the public and the artist’s volition and research.

 


L’Image Volée

Fondazione Prada, Milan

30 March – 21 August

Address: Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan.

Info: T. +39 0256662611 | info@fondazioneprada.org | http://www.fondazioneprada.org/visit/visit-milano/ 

Hours: Mon / Wed / Thu, 10 am – 8 pm Fri / Sat / Sun, 10 am – 9 pm | Closed on Tuesdays

Maria Vittoria Di Sabatino recently graduated with a BA in Art History at John Cabot University, with a focus on contemporary art and visual culture. Based in Rome, Italy, she works as an assistant archivist at the Archivio Giulio Turcato in addition to following independent curatorial projects.

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