John Baldessari, Juliette Blightman, Marcel Broodthaers, Rodney Graham, Secundino Hernández, Gregor Hildebrandt, David Hockney, Stefan Knauf, Joonas Kota, Alicja Kwade, Talisa Lallai, Mevlana Lipp, Sarah Ortmeyer, Wolfgang Ploeger, Sigmar Polke, Bruno V. Roels, Ed Ruscha, Raf Simons, Yutaka Sone & Rirkrit Tiravanija, Simon Speiser, Henning Strassburger, Vivian Suter, Barthélémy Toguo
Paradise is Now – Palm Trees in Art
Robert Grunenberg, in collaboration with Miettinen Collection | Salon Dahlmann
26.04.2018 – 30.06.2018
Omnipresent in advertising and social media, the image of the tropical plant conjures up associations of luxury, glamour, jet setting, and sunshine. In post-war Europe an expression of modest southern wanderlust, since then the palm has matured in global, secular popular culture to become the universal sign of modern paradises. Especially in the United States, this symbol has become the emblem of the good life and many artists, especially those working in LA, such as John Baldessari, David Hockney, and Ed Ruscha, have made it the focus of their visual language.
Marcel Broodthaers considers the palm tree from a European perspective that was often suspicious of hedonism and a life of leisure. He portrays the palm tree as a potted and domesticated decorative element. In his expansive installation, Broodthaers engages critically with social institutions: he exposes the palm tree as an imperialist symbol of the power of a bygone era. The palm tree of Sigmar Polke embodies the petty-bourgeois needs of post-war Germans and presents the psychological and moral decay of a society drifting towards superficiality and consumption.