The 23rd International  Nude Art  Exhibition

May 29 - September 4,  2016
at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu

Helgi Thorgils Fridjonsson (ISL) INDIGO NIGHT, 2005

What will this summer’s the nude art exhibition MAN AND WOMAN offer? The topic ALIENS reflects the tense atmosphere that has spread around the world. The men and women who are looking for new homes are greeted with joy and worry, love and hatred. Let us think how our small homeland welcomes aliens who might knock on the door at any moment. It does not really matter whether they come from space or from countries where life has become impossible. Thinking about pure love and naked injustice, we might be reminded of our own ancestors who fled to freedom across the stormy Baltic Sea, but were not welcome in their destination. We can also think about our children who have no other choice but to accept aliens, and who – despite the rapidly changing world – wish to speak their mother tongue at home.

Mark Soosaar, the curator of the exhibition, explains his choices concerning the works of art as follows:
“A true work of art is like a lark’s song, spring water or the scent of flowers – no explanations are necessary. The artist does not need an intermediary for conveying the message that will touch your soul and make you bigger, kinder and gentler. As I considered which artists to invite to participate in the exhibition, I relied on my instinct as well as on the seventy years I have spent with art. After all, my earliest memories are of my mother and our home that smelled of turpentine and was filled with canvases covered with bold brush strokes.”

The nude art exhibition MAN AND WOMAN: ALIENS will tell whether the human soul is guided by fear or love in the 21st century. The exhibition can be visited with the whole family. Works by artists participating in the exhibition arrive in Pärnu from almost every continent.
The artists include: Helgi Thorgils Fridjonsson (Iceland), Alessandra Barbierato (Brazil), Fateme Gosheh (Iran), Peter Diem (the Netherlands), Hannu Riikonen (Finland), Kalev Mark Kostabi (USA), Edward Lucie-Smith (England), Giuseppe Gradella (Italy), Annika Forstorp, Ann Carlsson and Viktor Korneev (Sweden), Michael Kvium (Denmark), Michalis Manousakis (Greece), Oleg Yahnin (Russia), Mari Meszaros (Hungary), Marina Shkarupa, Igor Prokofiev and Aleksandr Mihalchuk (Ukraine).
Estonian artists include Enn Põldroos, Jüri Arrak, Priit Pangsepp, Mathias Sildnik, Kamille Saabre, Margot Õunapuu, Slava Semerikov, Maria Generalova, Leelo-Mai Aunbaum, Siiri Jüris, Johanna Mudist, and Fideelia-Signe Roots.

The exhibition is supported by the City of Pärnu, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Gambling Tax Council, the Brazilian Embassy in Estonia, the Icelandic Embassy in Finland, Tallink, and Studio Raus.