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Opening of the Kempinski Art weeks with photographer Dean Dubokovic

Portoroz, 4 June 2013: On Saturday, 1 June the Kempinski Palace launched the Kempinski Art Weeks 2013 project, which brought together 11 Central European Kempinski hotels, the traditions of European culture and art lovers. The opening ceremony was marked with an exhibition by Dean Dubokovic, who is considered one of the most influential Slovenian photographers of the last twenty years.

From now until September, the Kempinski properties in the region will present a selection of local artists and their artwork, including paintings, sculptures and photography, highlighting the theme of this series of events: Remarkable European Flair.

Kempinski Palace Portoroz will host the art weeks until end of August in the Ladies Saloon of the hotel, presenting Slovenian photographer Dean Dubokovic, Slovenian painter Dreja Novak and Italian artist Daniele Dondé.

The opening exhibition, “Nature – Cities”, will be on display until the end of June and focuses on the details of the photographic object, highlighting a certain segment or detail of a larger whole. It was created in collaboration with creators and designers such as Andrej Troha, who was involved as a curator, and the Gallery Cerne in Ljubljana where Janez Cerne was the leader of the project and took care of the artistic printing of photos.

The Gallery Cerne is presenting the first virtual 3D gallery in Slovenia, where more works from Dean Dubokovic can be found, in addition to the current exhibition: http://www.galerijacerne.si/virtualna-galerija.

At Saturday's opening, the visitors had the opportunity to personally meet Mr Dubokovic, who outlined the focus of each photo and explained his feelings at the moment he pressed the shutter button. In addition to the exhibited artworks, the evening was highlighted by the young flutist Anita Prelovsek, who performed selected opera songs, and famous Istrian winemaker Uros Rojac, from Gažon village in the Koper district.