Demand, Thomas


A few years ago I was in Liverpool and had a chance to get to the Tate gallery. One of the most impressive pieces on show was 'Zeichensaal' (Drafting Room) by German artist Thomas Demand. The scale of this picture is beautiful; I immediately loved this whole piece - the colours and the structure. I really felt like I was peering through the window. I read the small placard beside the image described it as the "drawing studio of the German architect Robert Vorhölzer (1884–1954) who was responsible for the rebuilding of the German city of Munich after the Second World War." (credit)

Further reading described that the image is actually a photograph of a replicated studio Demand created from paper. Let me just emphasise this point - he made it from paper. I was astonished by what he had achieved using such a basic material. I appreciate that the world is full of amazing pieces of art, created in various media, but this piece really captured my senses. So I took this photograph so that I can look at it every day.

Last year (2016) I brought my kids to Liverpool to see a show by their YouTube hero - Dan TDM. We agreed that our short visit would also include a trip to the Tate Liverpool to see the Thomas Demand piece - I had obviously shared my image + story with them before this trip. I contacted the Tate gallery to know if it was still there, but received no reply through email or Twitter. So, I eagerly 'dragged' the kids towards the gallery one morning to see the 'masterpiece of Thomas Demand'. Unfortunately, it wasn't on display. The staff knew nothing about it. :(

A search on the Tate website when I came home confirmed that they still have it, but it's not on public display in their galleries. Obviously, the Tate (and many other galleries) have so much creativity to share and not enough permanent space to display it, so that's understandable. So all I can offer you is my picture + a story; and urge you to see this piece for real if you ever get a chance.