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.