by Jüri Arrak
2019 - January 19, 2020
most intimate drawings in public, Arrak
insures his status as "immortal," said Mark
Soosaar seeing the exhibition in Tallinn. "I
suspected Jüri to win a place in the art
history of world one day, as I saw his first
exhibition through the windows of the art
salon in Tallinn one night in the late
sixties. Now he has really done it,"
At the exhibition in the Museum of New Art
aeonian landscapes vary with ever-present
conflicts between living creatures. This is
the visual bible of the 21st century, about
which art historian Tamara Luuk has said:
"Landscapes in Jüri Arrak’s artworks are
presented temporarily, usually just as
back-cloth. In advanced age he has done
solely a landscape very rarely, but in the
years of apprenticeship and on earlier trips
as an exercise for his hand. Preparations
for the exhibition began from the intention
to reduce the significance of the so called
’symbolic persons’ who have declared cosmic
truths for long years, and expand the
unselfish spirit of life of the city- and
landscapes in Arrak’s new drawings. To
reflect the talent and crafts of the artist,
speaking about his profession silently but
sparkingly. Unforunately the curator’s
intentions and the artist’s efforts proved a
failure, producing a result, put into words
by Arrak, without any sorrow, as follows:
"An old man does not learn new tricks."
Finally, we made a choice of his drawings of
the last five years. If it seems a bit
diverse, the author has said consolingly:
"There certainly is a link between them and
that is me."
The landscapes at this exhibition are
wonderfully accomplished exercises for hand
and eye made in different times in the Kola
Peninsula, Carpathians, Vietnam and France.
There are lots of ample valleys and lakes,
castles and fortresses where the artist’s
hand has tried to capture the grandness seen
by eyes, and where the artist’s philosophy
does not dictate the semantic field.
Jüri Arrak has worked as freelancer since
1969, next to painting, his artworks consist
of graphic art and drawings, illustrations,
jewellery, medals, blankets, decorations for
films, also numerous speeches and writings –
a phenomenon of monologues."
Exhibition IMMORTAL is open from November,
19, 2019 to January, 19, 2020.
The Museum of New Art
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Esplanaadi 10, Pärnu