Robert Indiana (*1928) has created some of the world’s most immediately recognizable works of art. Filled with intensely personal combinations of universal symbols—numbers and letters, stars and wheels—they are most readily associated with the Pop art movement.

Nele Gülck

The Tree of Paradise: The Collection of Alf Trojan

PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. Where palms grow, paradise is not far away. 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. Alf Trojan’s private collection of palms, with over 1500 objects, is a total work of art. It shows how the palm as a motif has remained unchanged, but that the longing connected with it has again and again sought new contexts over the course of time. The publication is a journey of discovery through the facets of a culture of longing and a collecting mania.


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"Nele Gülck"

November 2018

ISBN 978-3-7356-0551-1

21,00 x 26,60 cm

96 Pages

160 colored illustrations

Softcover, bound

Languages: German, English

Text by
Sabine Danek, Nele Gülck
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