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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.
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Johannes Brus

Giving Picture for Trophy
Since the 1970s, Johannes Brus has concerned himself with the dialectic of the other and the self. His works confront the viewer with familiar trophies presented in an unfamiliar way so as to make them come alive and seize the imagination. Brus’s photographs cast all conventions to the wind, becoming monumental tableaus radiating an almost physical presence and charisma.
The exhibition and catalogue address this central theme. The title can be translated both as “giving a motif” and as “making a picture as a trophy” or “exhibiting a picture as a trophy”. This critical engagement with the other, the wild, the exotic, can thus far be read as an inquiry into the conditions governing, and possibilities opened up by, the production, distribution and reception of art. Trophies are symbols of triumph, objects of prestige which, like those on show here, can be invested with a new meaning. Brus explores this appropriation and domestication of the wild in terms of both technique and content.

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"Johannes Brus"

December 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-247-1

23,00 x 28,00 cm

96 Pages

47 colored and 12 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German

Editor
Beat Wismer, Christoph Danelzik-Brüggemann
Text by
Beat Wismer, Klaus Honnef, Anna Brus, Martin Zillinger, Christoph Danelzik-Brüggemann
Events
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Johannes Brus. Giving Picture for Trophy“, 30 May to 30 August 2009, museum kunst palast, Dusseldorf.