Dear Friends all over the World!
A quarter of a century has
gone by since we founded Pärnu’s Museum of New Art in the former
headquarters of the Communist Party, following Estonia’s freshly
Thanks to our own enthusiasm and the support we received from the town
of Parnu and the Estonian Republic we managed to start reconstruction of
the museum building.
In ten years we gained international recognition thanks to active
involvement of European as well as overseas artists, architects, film
makers, scientists. The huge network and the unique art collection were
born with the help of Edward Lucie-Smith, the world famous art
Today our collection contains thousands of art objects – paintings,
sculptures, graphic art, installations – and films.
Unfortunately, the town oovernment of Parnu did not realize the value of
what they had, and decided to sell the building in 2006. The town made
2.35 million euros from the deal and the museum was threatened with
Luckily for us hundreds of thousands of art fans and museum directors
gave a hand. There was strong international pressure on the Minister of
Culture and the town of Parnu. The sale contract had a special clause
added to it: the ground floor of the building would remain with the town
of Parnu and the Museum of New Art would continue to exist there.
Unfortunately the next ten years did not fulfill our hopes. Although the
town helped to cover some of the management expenses, the new owner
neglected the building and eventually offered to sell it back to the
town. The town resisted. Today, the rights of the town over the building
at Esplanaadi 10 been allowed to lapse, and the museum is an outlaw
The new owner of the house wishes to demolish the building completely
and build an apartment house within an area that has legal heritage
protection. At the same time, this new owner is very keen on culture and
appreciates the values created by our small personnel and big circle of
friends. So he has offered to let us buy the building back for half the
price of the former selling price.
Unfortunately the present Town Government of Parnu does not see any need
to buy the building back for 1.2 million euros. The sale price in 2006
was 2.35 million. This despite the fact that we have the fundamental
building project, experience and a viable business plan to renovate the
former office building, to create not only exhibition galleries, but
also store rooms and studios for artists and architects. The Art School
of Pärnu might also find a good opportunity to expand.
Only two years ago the Mayor of Pärnu, Toomas Kivimägi , who was the
head of Parnu County at the beginning of this current century, laid the
corner stone for the first phase of rebuilding at Esplanaadi 10. He
announced that the town had available the extra 1.5 million euros needed
to buy a home for the Museum of New Art, should the courts order the
town to do so.
We, the staff of the Museum of New Art, and also our concerned friends
and well-wishers, do not believe that, here in the European Union,
culture should be forced to fight for its rights in court.
We hope that there are people in Estonia, and also in the big world
outside our nation who consider culture to be as important as pure water
and clean air.
That is why we ask you all to send supportive letters to the Town
Government of Parnu and to the Ministry of Culture of the Estonian
Republic. You helped us survive ten years back. Help us to make history
We have opened a bank account for this campaign on behalf of cultural
survival. Even the smallest donation would help us to make a step
towards the 1.2 million euros we need for the Museum of New Art to live
‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ as the good Book tell us.
The bank account
number for donations
Beneficiary: SA Uue Kunsti Muuseum
Bank details for transfer:
SWIFT code (BIC): EEUHEE2X
Bank name: AS SEB Bank
Bank address: Tornimäe St 2, 15010 Tallinn, Estonia
For more information on our collection, exhibitions and new projects,
You are welcome to visit
together with the staff of the Museum of New Art and
the artists and
friends summoned to the
XXIII International nude art exhibition MAN AND
in May, 29, 2016, in Pärnu, Estonia