author Luca Trevisani, publisher Nero, edition of 500 copies, 132 pp., size 10 x 16 cm, 2015
Grand Hotel et des Palmes documents the project of artist Luca Trevisani for the Italian Institute of Culture in Madrid in February 2015. The works on display, in the Abrantes Palace, are objects with heterogeneous surfaces (textiles, clothing, tropical leaves, minerals) on which the artist impressed images derived from antique herbaria and design magazines. The publication is a collection of photographs of the textiles on display, of other images used by the artist for the composition of the works, and of simple visual references. The name of the project is based on the eponymous hotel in Palermo where the body of Raymond Roussel was found, French writer and playwright among the fathers of “pataphysics”, the science of imaginary constructions. Passionate defender of freedom of expression, Roussel is the symbol of the revolutionary power of the imagination, a concept present in the whole of Trevisani’s artistic research.