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.

Jan Henderikse

This extensive monograph pays homage to Dutch artist Jan Henderikse (*1937), cofounder of the Nul Group (1961-1965), the Dutch ‘branch’ of the European ZERO movement. Henderikse is well-known for his multi-form oeuvre, consisting of assemblages and ready-mades, conceptual photography, film, installation art and artist’s books. Henderikse has always been an artist ‘in between’, flirting with the purity of ZERO, with the impish outlook on life of the Dutch Nul Group and the French Nouveau Réalistes, with Pop Art and with Fluxus. New research and access to the artist’s personal archives, sheds light on Jan Henderikse’s unique position in European art. Richly illustrated with works from the years 1954–2017, archival material, and accounts of his collaborations.

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"Jan Henderikse"

October 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0438-5

22,50 x 28,00 cm

288 Pages

198 colored and 23 b/w illustrations

Softcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Antoon Melissen
Text by
Antoon Melissen
Design by
Scherpontwerp, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Museum Presentations:
Jan Henderikse, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Netherlands, 3 March–10 June 2018; travelling onwards to Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt, Austria, opening September 2018.

Gallery Presentation:
Jan Henderikse – Americana. The American Years, Galerie Schoots + Van Duyse, International Contemporary Art, Antwerp, 11 February–13 May, with a signing session during the finissage.