Book promotion Željko Kipke → 
Published by: Durieux and NMMA
Wed, 13 April 2022 at 12 hr
NMMA, Hebrangova 1, Zagreb
Along with the author Željko Kipke, the book was presented by art critic Vanja Babić and NMMA director Branko Franceschi
In the form of a lexicon with 112 terms, the book comprises and presents all the periods and artistic strategies of Željko Kipke’s prolific artistic career, from the late 1970s to the second decade of the 21st century. The terms encompass a wide range of the artist’s interests, from early and recent films, photomontages to the program of the New Eon Painting from the 1980s and the phase of analytical painting and graphic art in the late 1970s. Besides the general terms, the lexicon includes prominent names of the Croatian and European art scene that the artist was connected with directly or indirectly. The book deals with landmark places for contemporary art, such as the Podroom Gallery in Mesnička Street, the early history of the PM Gallery on Starčević Square, the Red Peristyle in Split as well as names of art theorists and curators that the artist collaborated with when staging solo exhibitions. The lexicon also comprises the artist’s literary work, from published books to art criticism for newspapers, magazines and radio. The format of the book is 16.5 x 24 cm, it is 240 pages-long, and is illustrated with over 250 colour and 60 black-and-white images. All units were edited by Željko Kipke and proofread by Mirna Bojanić-Rebac.
Despite the fact that the artist was a direct participant of events included in the glossary, all units are edited with an atypically detached standard of lexical editions. The book is co-published by the Durieux Publishing House and the National Museum of Modern Art, and among other things, it announces the artist’s critical retrospective planned in the National Museum of Modern Art in 2023, on the 70th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
The book is edited by Branko Franceschi.
Image: Cover Page of the book Željko Kipke → . Željko Kipke, Mapping of the Boulevard, 2020; oil and aluminium sheet metal on canvas (detail) Photo: from the National Museum of Modern Art's Archives