Helena Šipek, Portraits of Houses
On Tuesday, November 7, the exhibition of Helena Šipek, Portraits of Houses, was opened in the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery. This student of Tartaglia showed the Zagreb arts public eighteen paintings created between 1985 and 2008; the exhibition can be viewed until November 16, 2017, and is accompanied by a catalogue with a preface by art historian and the designer of the set up Željak Čorak.
“Helena Šipek devoted an important part of her oeuvre to houses. For her they represent the challenge of the portrait, like that of the human face, which is also an important subject for her. A drawing she did long ago, while still a child, on which her father, the well-known painter Viktor Šipek wrote “first drawing in nature”, shows a house. And this house is already a portrait in full measure. The five-year-old girl avoided any cliché or set scheme. The house is expressive, not to say expressionist, and it is clear that it is old and dilapidated, that its features are distorted, that the layers are intermingled, the epidermis is wounded, the eyes and mouth squinting and gap-toothed. But the house has still not stepped out of its order”. Željka Čorak, from the preface to the catalogue of the Helena Šipek exhibition, Portraits of Houses.
Photo: Goran Vranić, copyright Modern Gallery, Zagreb