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GREEN SKY, BLUE GRASS. Colour coding worlds

Matthias Claudius Hofmann (ed.): 256 pages, edition in German and Englisch available at the museum from April 2021. Publisher: Kerber, ISBN: 978-3-7356-0750-8 (D), 978-3-7356-0751-5 (ENG)
€29,90

GREEN SKY, BLUE GRASS – it’s a confusing title … Isn’t the sky blue and the grass green? In old Japanese poems the sky is sometimes described as green while the grass is called blue because for a long time in Japan, as in many other cultures, no clear distinction was made between the two colours.

Although people share the same physiological capacity for sight, colours are not perceived identically all over the world. In various languages and cultures, colours are often categorised accor ding to very different criteria. Above all, colours are also associated with a wide range of societal and cosmological notions. Looking into the meanings of these different colour worlds allows us to see cultural contexts in a new light, and through this we can gain insights into other world views.

GREEN SKY, BLUE GRASS examines the phenomenon of colour from various perspectives, including interdisciplinary approaches. Ethnological case studies from New Guinea, Polynesia, Tibet, Java, Central and West Africa as well as the Amazon region enter into a discourse with essays on philosophy, linguistics and physics.

The book features scholarly contributions from authors such as Tomi Bartole, Eystein Dahl, Roger Erb, Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin, Arno Holl, Eric Huntington, Olaf L. Müller, Gustaaf Verswijver, as well as an interview with René Fuerst conducted by Chantal Courtois.




  1. Editor
    Matthias Claudius Hofmann
  2. Editorial team
    Vanessa von Gliszczynski, Oliver Hahn, Matthias Claudius Hofmann, Arno Holl
  3. Design
    U9 visuelle Allianz GmbH
  4. ISBN
    ISBN: 978-3-7356-0750-8 (D), 978-3-7356-0751-5 (ENG)
  5. Publisher
    Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld/Berlin
  6. Overall production and distribution
    Kerber Verlag,
    Bielefeld Windelsbleicher Str. 166–170
    33659 Bielefeld,
    Germany
    Tel. +49 (0) 5 21/9 50 08-10
    Fax +49 (0) 5 21/9 50 08-88

    Kerber, US Distribution
    D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
    155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10013
    Tel. +1 (212) 627-1999
    Fax +1 (212) 627-9484
  7. Details
    256 pages, numerous colored illustrations, softcover, 16,8 x 23 cm


Available in bookstores for 29,99€ and in the Weltkulturen Museum for a special price of 25€.