© Thomas Demand
"Campingtisch (Camping Table)", 1999
C-print, Diasec, 85 x 58 cm
Courtesy Monika Sprüth, Köln (Cologne)

Thomas Demand

Curated by Marcella Beccaria.

It is to this double register that Collection, 2002, refers (room 30). The photograph shows a series of gold records, framed and hung on the wall, in a manner that documents a pop star's collection of hits. Conceived by Demand on the occasion of his encounter with Castello di Rivoli, Collection can be understood as a hub around which the selection of works shown in his solo exhibition revolve.

The artist became interested in the history of the Castello, and in particular in the presence, in the 17th century, of an art collection, specifically the picture gallery originally installed in the Manica Lunga. The typology of the image refers to the compositional scheme of a collection gathered according to logical principles, presenting a sequence of objects with similar characteristics.

A different type of collection is evoked in "Kabine (Changing room)", 2002, a representation of a space set aside to temporarily hold clothing left by athletes before a match (room 29). The hypothesis of this empty place, defined only by the repetitive order of the few elements that characterize it, contrasts with "Stable", 2000, a close-up image of a chaotic pile of hay, obtained, as always in Demand's work, from a skillful manipulation of simple paper.

"77-E-217", 2000 reproduces the interior of an echo-free chamber designed for the simulation of sounds. But the image shows a real space, built, however, to hold a fiction (room 31). It is part of the exhibition "Recorder", 2002, installed in the small chapel that overlooks the Chinese Room (room 27). The projected image, beyond the apparent immediacy of a working recorder, puts into play the various degrees of separation that can run between reality and the infinite modes of reproducing it.

(Marcella Beccaria)

Ausstellungsdauer: 23.10.2002 - 26.1.2003
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr 10 - 17 Uhr, Sa/So 10 - 19 Uhr,
jeden 1. und 3. Samstag im Monat: 10 - 22 Uhr,
Mo geschlossen

Castello di Rivoli
Museum of contemporary art
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I-10098 Rivoli (Turin)
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