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.
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.
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.
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.
Fondazione Prada, Milan
30 March – 21 August
Address: Largo Isarco 2, 20139 Milan.
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