Paradise is Now

Paradise is Now



Text(s) by Bret Easton Ellis, Robert Grunenberg, Leif Randt, Norman Rosenthal

Graphic design by Studio Yukiko

German, English

2018. 160 pp., 150 ills.

Hardcover, 25.00 x 30.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4446-1



The palm tree is the last major idol standing. Across continents, religions, and centuries, it tells stories of prosperity, peace, and spiritual salvation. No other motif signals these promises of happiness more compellingly than the palm. Ubiquitous in advertising and on social media, it conjures up visions of luxury and glamour, of the jet-set life and eternal sunshine. The world’s most widely exported class of plants, it is also a symbol of globalization. And visual artists are certainly not immune to its visual allure and metaphoric potential. Before the backdrop of this rich cultural tradition, the exhibition “Paradise Is Now” shines a light on the diverse representations of palm trees in contemporary art and asks: what fuels their popularity, and which layers of meaning and contradictions does the artists’ engagement with their reality and symbolism uncover?

With artworks by

John Baldessari, Juliette Blightman, Marcel Broodthaers, Rodney Graham, Secundino Hernández, Gregor Hildebrandt, David Hockney, Stefan Knauf, Joonas Kota, Alicja Kwade, Talisa Lallai, Mevlana Lipp, Sarah Ortmeyer, Wolfgang Plöger, Sigmar Polke, Bruno V. Roels, Ed Ruscha, Raf Simons, Yutaka Sone & Rirkrit Tiravanija, Simon Speiser, Henning Strassburger, Vivian Suter, Barthélémy Toguo

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