MOCA Toronto Creative Conversation: Thomas Demand & Jeff Wall

Images (left to right): Thomas Demand, photo by Brigitte Lacombe. Jeff Wall, photo by Andrew Querner.

Creative Conversation: Thomas Demand & Jeff Wall

Presented by MOCA Toronto
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 7pm
Adult $35; Students & Seniors: $25; Immerse & Engage Members: $30
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Venue: Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St W., Toronto

In conjunction with the opening of Thomas Demand HOUSE OF CARD at MOCA Toronto, the Museum is excited to present a conversation between Thomas Demand and Canadian artist Jeff Wall, both leading contributors to the advancement of photo-based contemporary art practice.

The conversation will be followed by a live Q&A. MOCA also encourages guests to submit questions for the artists ahead of time here. These questions will be integrated into the discussion.

Doors will open at the Isabel Bader Theatre at 6:30pm, where food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Lead Programme support provided by Phil Lind.


Recognized globally for his innovation as a contemporary artist, Thomas Demand has won numerous awards for his work and has been exhibited and published extensively. Selected solo exhibitions include The Shutter of History, UCCA Edge, Shanghai (2022); Mundo De Papel, Centro Botín, Santander (2021-22); Mirror Without Memory, Garage, Moscow (2021-22); HOUSE OF CARD, Museum Leuven (2020-21); The Boat is Leaking, The Captain Lied, Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice (2017); The Modern, Fort Worth (2016) and Pacific Sun, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2015). Demand participated in the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and represented Germany at the 26th Sao Paulo Biennial (2004). His work is represented in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and Tate Modern, London among many others.

Jeff Wall is a renowned Canadian conceptual photographer (born and based in Vancouver) who is best known for his large-scale photographs printed on transparencies and presented using back-lit light boxes. Working in photography since the 1960s, Wall has made a significant contribution to the evolution of the artform through his experimentation and exploration of scale, texture, colour, subject, and approaches to production. Wall’s photographs are inspired from a variety of sources ranging from historic art works to mundane, day-to-day encounters. Wall often meticulously reconstructs these scenes or images, drawing on notions of painting and cinema, to create complex tableaux which he then photographs, resulting in a process-rich and highly intriguing artistic practice. Wall has exhibited internationally including his most recent solo exhibitions at Glenstone, Maryland (2021); Economou Collection, Athens (2019); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany, touring to Mudam Luxembourg (2018). Past notable solo exhibitions include those at the Art Institute Chicago (2007); Tate Modern (2005); and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2001). Wall’s work is included in the collections of many institutions including the Gagosian Gallery (New York), Guggenheim (New York), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Tate Gallery (UK), the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Met (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco) and the Kunstmuseum Basel (Basel).

Thomas Demand HOUSE OF CARD Exhibition:

Thomas Demand is well-known for large-scale photographs of 3-D models that replicate notorious or familiar scenes, which he creates from paper and cardboard. After photographing them, he destroys the models. HOUSE OF CARD refers to the precariousness of Thomas Demand’s practice as a builder. The exhibition features a selection of Demand’s large-scale photographs, with emphasis on his exploration into architecture, model making and collaborative processes.

Thomas Demand HOUSE OF CARD, opening September 16 at MOCA Toronto, includes works by Demand and other influential artists, architects and designers including Martin Boyce, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Caruso St John Architects, spanning all three floors of the Museum.

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