Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History June 30–September 15, 2024


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At first, the images Thomas Demand creates seem to depict the real world. A closer look, however, reveals that they are actually photographs of temporary sculptural re-creations.

Demand often selects his source imagery from the news media, and he re-creates those images as life-size models using colored paper and cardboard. Then he photographs the images and prints them at a monumental scale.

Afterward, Demand destroys his models, leaving behind only their ghostly photographic doubles. The “stutter of history” evoked by the exhibition’s title lies in that strange gap between the real world and the re-created world of paper and cardboard that the artist conjures in his studio.

The internationally touring exhibition Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History is a landmark retrospective of the artist’s work, and the MFAH is the only U.S. venue.

Born in Germany in 1964, Demand depicts places loaded with historical meaning—the abandoned control room of the Fukushima plant following the 2011 nuclear disaster; the site of the Florida recount of the 2000 American presidential election; Bill Gates’s dorm room at Harvard. Ultimately, Demand’s works are as much about the circulation of images and the politics of memory as they are about the specific moments depicted.

 Publication
The illustrated exhibition catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History / June 30–September 15, 2024


“Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History” has been co-organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/Paris/Lausanne, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing/Shanghai, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Major support is provided by:
Bobbie Nau

Additional support is provided by:
Matthew Marks Gallery
Kvadrat
Anne Levy Charitable Trust
Jereann and Holland Chaney
Joan Morgenstern

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