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Thomas Demand at the Jeu de Paume Museum

Do you like photography? The Stammering of History," a sumptuous exhibition not to be missed. It's on until May 28, 2023.
The Jeu de Paume Museum is a 10-minute walk from the Relais Saint Honoré. The exhibition Le Bégaiement de l'histoire (The Stammering of History), which runs until May 28, 2023, features 50 masterfully staged works by the artist Thomas Demand.
For more than 25 years, Thomas Demand has been photographing his sculptures, real paintings that appear to represent a real world. His stagings, which he makes ephemeral by destroying them after having photographed them, are often inspired by media facts. The objects he works on are made of paper. A paper that he forms, manipulates, articulates in narrative decor.
Without wanting to reveal the exhibition, here are some paintings that have caught our attention.

Das Kontrollraum - 2011

This improbable space where paper rubs shoulders with the digital world, is singled out by the absence of presence but not of human trace, as is often the case in his works where the narration is given by the decor. This scene is inspired by a photo taken by a technician of the Fukushima Daiishi power plant in the control room of reactor No. 1 after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the plant.

Studio – 1997
This staging represents the set of the 1970s German television show wer bin ich (Who am I) where semi-celebrities attempt to unmask a mystery guest and is intended to illustrate the fabrication of lived fictions through the television medium.

Lictung – 2003
Set made of 270,000 paper tree leaves under idyllic lighting that seems to represent a romantic and immaculate nature, almost artificial, as it exists in man-made representations.

Werkstatt - 2017

Everything is paper in this totally fictitious luthier's workshop. Below is the study we discovered on Thomas Demand's website.

Grotte – 2006

Thomas Demand used 36 tons of cardboard to build this cave to scale one, before keeping only the photographs. What the artist wishes to highlight is that the hand of nature, which forms century after century its decor so majestic and sophisticated, is reduced to the status of an object of "Instagram" post.
Only the model of this work has been preserved. All the others have been destroyed.

Pond – 2020

This photograph of a water and paper setting is reminiscent of Claude Monet's Water Lilies.
In addition to a majority of large formats, the exhibition unveils about fifteen smaller formats made from photos taken by Thomas Demand with his telephone. One is struck by the particularly picturesque transcription and the poetry of certain views.

Le musée du Jeu de Paume signe encore une fois une très belle exposition d’un artiste aux œuvres à la fois personnelles dans leur message, spectaculaires dans leur fabrication et esthétiques dans leur mise en scène. Tout cela est magistralement mis en scène. Courrez-y !
The Jeu de Paume museum once again signs a very beautiful exhibition of an artist whose works are at once personal in their message, spectacular in their production and aesthetic in their staging. All this is masterfully staged. Run there!
Thomas Demand - Le Bégaiement de l’histoire - until May 28, 2023
1 Pl. de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Nocturne on tuesday until 21h00

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