In this public event the contemporary artist Thomas Demand talks with Nicholas Serota about how and why Matisse and his studio have been an important inspiration, bringing a different perspective to understanding the artist’s work.
Drawing from the life and work of Matisse, this discussion explores notions of form, composition of shapes, the studio as being the world and the meaning of artist’s work itself. Through these insights, we consider Demand’s own practice and his fascination with Matisse.
Thomas Demand studied at the Academy of Arts in Duesseldorf and the Goldsmith‘s College in London. His solo exhibitions include shows at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Fondazione Prada, Venice; the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Kunsthaus Bregenz; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk. His work is represented in numerous museums and collections. He lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles.