Axel Grünewald looks at the edges of the present. For more than five years, he has repeatedly traveled through the coastal regions of Morocco and southern Spain, to the continental border between Europe and Africa.

Lost Paradise

The question of how bound we are to our animalistic nature and what distinguishes our existence from that of animals has always fascinated humankind. Insects and other creatures that are not similar to human beings  form a substantial reservoir of metaphorical comparisons about the behaviour of individuals or even whole communities. The publication "Lost Paradise" traces these metaphors in contemporary art, reviving primeval creatures in images, inventing beetles that can transform themselves into coins, or turning natural science archives into surreal chambers of curiosities.

Artists (among others):
Mark Dion, Stefan Panhans, Andreas Schulze, Marta Volkova & Slava Shevelenko, David Zink


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"Lost Paradise"

February 2015

ISBN 978-3-7356-0062-2

21,60 x 28,00 cm

80 Pages

42 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation

Zdenek Felix, Ludwig Seyfarth, Cora Waschke

graphic design
Carolin Jap Lim, Kurz Gestaltung, Berlin


Exhibition: “Lost Paradise”, 11.10.2014 - 14.2.2015, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany