from May 29 2010 until August 22 2010
The German artist Thomas Demand (1964) created his exhibition Nationalgalerie, especially for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Nationalgalerie takes Germany as its theme. As of 29 May a selection of 25 of these works are shown in Rotterdam in a totally new presentation – including very special curtains.
Demand is an artist as well as a photographer. He starts his process with taking pictures from the media that intrigue him. He makes them into man high cartons which he then makes photo’s of. The carton models are thrown away and all that is left, is the image that almost seems to be real. For his exhibition in Rotterdam he also asked two important German artists for their reactions to his work from the perspective of their own disciplines. The playwright Botho Strauss wrote texts, and the doyen of German cinema, Alexander Kluge, made twelve short films which will be shown for the first time in various places in the exhibition space. Visually too, the films and texts are an integral part of the exhibition.
In Berlin the exhibition raised many questions about Germany, the German history and identity and also about dealing with identity in general. Staged in a different historical context, the show will certainly not be received in the same way in Rotterdam and will raise many different questions. Questions such as: What image did the Dutch have of Germany en How does the way the Dutch deal with recent past, differ from the German way.
Nationalgalerie has been made possible with support from the Goethe-Institut Niederlande/ Embassy of the German Federal Republic The Hague, the SNS REAAL Foundation and the Media Foundation
With the exposition appears a catalogue, titled 'Nationalgalerie'. Price is €65 (ISBN: 978-3-86521-941-1).