Miha Maleš - Piran
Miha Maleš (1903-1987) will present himself through an opus marked by the city of Piran with its immediate and wider surroundings. Piran has been a place where the painter and graphic artist returned every summer, since 1955, when he first rented and later bought a house on Punta in Ulica Svobode 3.
The colourful monotypes and engravings he created in Piran half a century ago bear witness to life in the city and its surroundings at the time. The motifs of Piran and the surrounding area, Portorož, Fiesa, Sečovlje salt pans, as well as Izola and Koper predominate. The works in the exhibition are from the daughter’s collection, Mrs. Travica Maleš Grešak and from the Miha Maleš Gallery.
»Miha Maleš approached Piran from various angles, observed a typical city view from afar, entered its mysterious narrow streets with characteristic arches, stopped at a detail, portal or window, counted many bell towers and looked at the crowded port. From the city he went to nearby Fiesa, Portorož, Seča and the area of salt pans. He drove to Izola and Koper. Everywhere, in addition to the sketchbook, he was accompanied by an indispensable camera. He pressed the shutter button of his camera several times and later made numerous engravings and a series of colourful monotypes based on tiny contact copies. The photographs eventually acquired authentic documentary value… «/ Breda Ilich Klančnik /