Not even half a year after the succesfull show in Berlin, Museum Bijmans Van Beuningen takes it's chance to exhibit the artfull works of German artist Thomas Demand.
29 May – 22 August 2010
The German artist Thomas Demand has exhibited all over the world, with recent exhibitions in London and New York. He transforms post-war media images into contemporary works of art. His tactic: he takes an intriguing image as the starting point for man-sized cardboard models, which he then photographs and presents in an idiosyncratic fashion. His exhibition Nationalgalerie was an enormous hit at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Less than six months later, a selection of works from the exhibition is being presented in a completely new configuration in Rotterdam, but with the same title.
Film & texts
In addition to his own works, Demand has invited two important German artists to contribute to the exhibition by responding to his art works. The famous playwright Botho Strauss has written texts and the filmmaker Alexander Kluge has made twelve short videos.
When the exhibition was shown in Berlin it raised many questions about Germany, German history and identity. Demand makes the visitors reflect on their subjective relationship to images. We expect that the selection of art works, films and texts in Rotterdam will raise other questions such as the image the Dutch have of Germany. Indirectly the exhibition – which coincides with the 65th anniversary of the liberation – will possibly lead to reflection on how the Netherlands and Germany deal with recent history.
Nationalgalerie has been made possible by the Goethe-Institut Niederlande/Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Hague, the SNS REAAL Fonds, Stichting Democratie en Media, and the Mondriaan Foundation.