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Contemporary Estonian Art:
REALITY AND IDEAL

The annual exhibition of Estonian Painters' Association

March 3 - April 21, 2019

How to carry on creative work in a situation where ideals and reality seem to meet on the crossroads? Is this apparent position of a loser really the reality or should the artist indeed let some hot air out of the dream balloon every once in a while and come in terms with what is given here and now?

Reality, itself a construction of our senses and conceptions, aims instinctively towards ideals. How to coordinate one´s thoughts and find an ideal in the turbulent modern world where reality is everything but encouraging, where the criterias of  morality and ethics have transformed? Sculptor Louise Bourgeois has said that to be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence. Do painters have the luxury to dwell in their inner world or is this the decisive moment to manifest one´s message?

In a situation where fine art exhibitions are ignored by big daily papers and it takes patience, dedication and perhaps even a bit of empathy to find one´s way through the massive pile of paintings we have decided to organize what we call “a one picture exhibition”. Large formats are most welcome.

Behind every artwork there are personal ideals and/or the collapse of, compromises or perhaps victorious joy of reaching a higher artistic level. Painters are, after all, idealists by heart as they continue to work with the medium that seems most archaic of them all, a medium which in essence is non-duplicative, polychrome and regardless of mortmain of centuries identifies in the modern art world with an eternal position of a martyr, refusing to leave the arena of history.

Participating artists:
Marju Bormeister, Ashot Jegikjan, Enn Tegova, Kadri Bormeister, Mauri Gross, Mall Nukke, Piret Rohusaar, Kalli Kalde, Philiph Arvo Luik, Eero Ijavoinen, Lilian Mosolainen, Veiko Klemmer, Maria Sidljarevitš, Uno Roosvalt, Maret Suurmets Kuura, Martin Urb, Kuzja Zverev (Vladislav Kuznetsov), Olesja Katšanovskaja, Liisi Örd, Jane Tiidelepp, Ly Kaalma, Ove Büttner, Margus Tiitsmaa, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik, Ivika Luisk, Einar Vene, Kamille Saabre, Pille Ernesaks, Liis Koger, Anne Moggom, Andres Koort, Lev Vassiljev, Lola Tehver, Eve Kruuse, Kätlin Stahl, August Künnapu, Eha Luik , Alvar Reisner, Alina Orav, Silva Eher, Ivi Arrak, Priit Vaher, QBA (Martin Kaares) , Herlet Elvisto, Rait Rosin, Eva Jänes, Saskia Järve, Tiiu Rebane, Andro Kööp , Kristiina Jakimenko , Mari Roosvalt, Karl-Kristjan Nagel, Tiit Priidel, Jaan Elken, Vano Allsalu, Jana Kelus, Vilen Künnapu, Leho Rubis, Heli Tuksam, Andrus Joonas, Maire Koll, Mati Kütt, Kati Kirotar, Tiia Külv, Tiiu Lausmaa, Evi Gailit, Tiit Jaanson, Margus Meinart.

Let´s make Estonian painting great again!
Long live reality!
Long live ideals!

Organizers: Jaan Elken, Mari Roosvalt, Marie Virta
Exhibition is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment, City Council of Pärnu


Echt KURVITS in Oil

Solo exhibition by Aivar Kurvits (Estonia)

February 28 – March 24, 2019

French artist Jean Dubuffetgave the name art brut to one of the most vivid art trend. The word brut has many variations in French: raw,clear, bright, primal, forceful. Today, a lot of the art of disabled people can be seen as art brut where elements of nature and society have been connected differently from the real world.
The greatest master of art brut in Estonia surely is Aivar Kurvits who, in March, will be sixty years old. Despite the fact that Aivar has spent most of his life in orphanages and nursing homes, and that his hands, legs and head function differently from regular people, he has created a unique and lovely world. Aivar’s erotic paintings of Adam and Eve, Kalevipoeg and the Island Maid are full of primal vigor the Estonian contemporary painting is short of.

The great birthday exhibition of Aivar Kurvits is open at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu from February, 28 to March, 24.

Come and enjoy the echt art!

Mark Soosaar
Curator of Echt KURVITS in Oil

 


 
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