Vilhelm’s Room: Peter Zelei Poetic Homage To Great Danish Painter Vilhelm Hammershoi

The ‘Vilhelm’s Room’ series by Budapest-based photographer Peter Zelei is an homage to the Turn of the Century Danish painter, Vilhelm Hammershoi, who is known for his simple, muted portraits and interiors. ‘Although Hammershoi is well known in Denmark and the surrounding countries, people from Eastern Europe usually don’t know his works. I met his paintings first in 2015 when I had an exhibition in Copenhagen, and visited some museums in my spare time. I was immediately captivated by the silence that is radiating from his paintings. He very often-painted rooms interconnected by doors and I also felt a strong symbolism in these ‘door in a door in a door…’ scenes. We see very often just the back of the main figure and it has the strong feeling of loneliness and the absence of personality. I immediately decided to make a homage series to these paintings but didn’t have the slightest idea how and where… But after a few months I accidentally found a very similar ‘door in a door in a door’ location in an abandoned rocket base in Hungary, and spent two days making the series with different props and models. The modern but derelict concrete hangar gave the exact feeling and setting of what I needed for my images.’ – Peter Zelei

Vilhelm’s rooms – Hommage á Hammersøi – Part 1. :

Vilhelms Room: Peter Zelei poetic homage to great danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelms Room: Peter Zelei poetic homage to great danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelms Room: Peter Zelei poetic homage to great danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelms Room: Peter Zelei poetic homage to great danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi

Vilhelms Room: Peter Zelei poetic homage to great danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi

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