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2 gold palm tree shaped candlestick holders, green candles on top, cream cover, NELE GÜLCK DER BAUM DES PARADIESES THE TREE OF PARADISE in black font above.

Nele Gülck

The Tree of Paradise: The Collection of Alf Trojan

Text by Sabine Danek
Text by Nele Gülck


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  • Funny, absurd, and thought-provoking 'portraits' of palm tree-shaped objects
  • An alternative cultural history of the 20th century
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Palm Trees. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. Where palms grow, paradise is not far away. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home – an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality. Alf Trojan’s private collection of palms, with over 1500 objects, is a total work of art. It shows how the palm as a motif has remained unchanged, but that the longing connected with it has again and again sought new contexts over the course of time. This book is a journey of discovery through the facets of a culture of longing and a collecting mania.

1st Jan 2018
Paperback / softback
World excluding Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the US & Canada
266 mm x 210 mm
96 Pages
160 color
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