Things to do in Berlin, pt. IV
The Thomas Demand show at the Neue Nationalgalerie preserves the mystery of the artist’s elaborate paper reconstructions by not revealing the story behind these locations. Thus, what may look like a cherished place from the artist’s past could just as well be the site of a heinous crime. The pairing with texts by Botho Strauß is less successful, since the accompanying paragraphs sometimes get bogged down in pointless narratives or, what’s worse, Teutonic philosophizing.