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  • Thomas Demand, chaffinch, 2020, ink-jet print, 67 3⁄4 × 53 1⁄8". From the series “Model Studies IV,” 2020.

    Thomas Demand, chaffinch, 2020, ink-jet print, 67 3⁄4 × 53 1⁄8". From the series “Model Studies IV,” 2020.

    Thomas Demand

    Museum Leuven

    Even for those already familiar with Thomas Demand and his photographic restagings of preexisting images via elaborate ephemeral paper models, the retrospective “House of Card,” curated by Valerie Verhack, offered fresh insights. As Demand observes in a video interview playing at the beginning of the show, the model is an underexposed and undertheorized aspect of contemporary society. And while the artist is known for building his models on a one-to-one scale, in this show he dabbled in different ratios. By doing so, Demand sought to explore the relationship between model and perspective; the

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