PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. 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.

Der Traum vom Paradies

Max und Lotte Pechsteins Reise in die Südsee

The journey of Max Pechstein and his young wife, Lotte, to the Palau islands in the South Pacific starting in 1914 was motivated by the desire to escape “all things forced and cultivated.” Although the trip took an unforeseen course as a result of the outbreak of World War I, for Pechstein, this time in the “German South Seas” became a important theme in his art as of 1917 and forms the highpoint of his memoirs. But, to what extent were Pechstein’s ideas of a pristine paradise fulfilled? What did he and his wife actually experience? Max and Lotte’s travel diaries reveal the couple’s different perspectives as well as the discrepancy between ideal and reality.



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"Der Traum vom Paradies"

July 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0237-4

20,5 x 27,5 cm

224 Pages

90 colored and 79 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, Max-Pechstein-Museum
Text by
Aya Soika
Design by
e o t . essays on typography, Berlin
Exhibition: “Der Traum vom Paradies. Max und Lotte Pechsteins Reise in die Südsee”, Kunstsammlungen Zwickau, July 9 – October 3, 2016; Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen, October 29, 2016 – 22. January 22, 2017