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Thomas Demand. Mirror Without Memory


From 10 September 2021 to 30 January 2022


Age limit — 6+

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first Russian exhibition of Thomas Demand, one of the most important photographers of recent decades. Borrowing images of events from the press and other sources (or organizing technical shoots), Demand reproduces these scenes in life size from cardboard and paper—basically making sculptures—after which he photographs them and subsequently destroys the models.

Mirror Without Memory is composed of several fragments spread across two floors of the Museum. The ground floor is focused on the concept of models and modeling, the alpha and omega of Demand’s practice. Through interaction with architects (the Japanese practice SANAA and the UK-Swiss practice Caruso St John Architects), the artist presents a comprehensive exploration of the model: its life cycles, inner dynamics, the regimes of its synchronization with physical reality. On the first floor this energy of dialogue produces different forms. The first things the visitor discovers when climbing the stairs are hanging cinema structures that show movies by the German film- and TV maker, author, producer, public figure, and ideologist of the New German Cinema, Alexander Kluge. These film pavilions, designed by Demand, are floating models that distantly reference constructivist form-making.

Kluge’s films are video sequels or video interpretations of three works by Demand displayed as part of the exhibition—Repository, Five Globes, and Ruine/Ruin.

Thomas Demand. Mirror Without Memory






Here we’ve put together materials to help you get ready for a visit to the Museum or to take a deep-dive into the themes of current exhibitions and programs at Garage.

Public program
The public program for the exhibition Mirror Without Memory is an exploration of the made-up nature of reality and the mechanisms for the formation and documentation of collective memory.

The public program will launch with an artist talk by Thomas Demand, who will explain more about his creative method, curating experience, and the artworks he executed for the show at Garage.


Discussion: How We (Never) Spoke and (Do Not) Speak About Gender

December 15, Wednesday

Discussion. Sounds of the Past: How Music Forms Collective Memory

December 25, Thursday