The exhibition Dismantling Structures by Željko Kipke has been realised by Trieste Contemporanea in co-production with the Museum of Fine Arts in Split and Galerija Kranjčar in Zagreb, and under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Trieste. The Trieste exhibition, curated by Branko Franceschi, is the first Italian venue for this new Kipke’s art project, that follows the exhibition curated in November 2019 by Vanja Babić at the Galerija Kranjčar in Zagreb.
Kipke uses to paint on canvas typical monochrome backgrounds. This time he distorts on them famous images of Zagreb architecture and depicts buildings like waste papers, crumpled and rolled into a ball, so they are almost unrecognizable. The artist also puts into an experimental animated short film, which contains a Zagreb map pointing those buildings out, his critical questions about the functioning of the institutional system in Croatia, a country that is in transition.
Željko Kipke (Čakovec 1953) is a painter and a video maker. He studied in the 1970s at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and was at the beginning a leading artist in the analytic line of contemporary art and then also a leading director in experimental film.
In the first half of the 1980s he made short films mainly documenting his art performances. During his intense artistic career, among other things, he represented Croatia at the 1993 Venice Biennale and at the 1995 Cairo Biennale. In 2007, again in Venice, he was commissioner of his country’s pavilion. Also important is his activity as an art critic and curator, a theoretician and a writer.