The jubilee exhibition of the Estonian Painters Association LOVE STORY

In the act of painting as well as the act of love it is impossible to achieve a satisfactory result without passion. Love is the presumption for any kind of activity. For most painters, the act of painting is probably passion, burning, pure love. Painters have found the artistic perpetuum mobile long ago, and that explains the categorical definition of here and now – as if it were force majeure.

What else but love can account for the mystery to proceed in the direction and with the medium which arises interest of critics without nerve for painting only when curators put it into some theme packet. What’s created with love, opens only for a lover.

The artists expand on the theme openly, from abstract interpretations (Liisa Jugapuu, Vano Allsalu, Mirjam Hinn, Liis Koger, Anne Parmasto, etc) to scenes inspired by the text of the curator, with lovers as the main characters ( August Künnapu, Nelly Drell, Lilian Mosolainen etc).

In the subject matter of painters representing the middle and older generations you are welcome to wander through the metaphoric level and wonder about reality; these are paintings in which the marvellous technical baggage goes hand in hand with philosophical depths (Tiit Pääsuke, Mari Roosvalt, Jüri Arrak, Kristiina Kaasik, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik etc).

Erki Kasemets’s allegory of Dance of Death shows a two-meter supermodel on stiletto heels. Valeri Vinogradov’s psychological portrait is painted in the direct key of political art.


Rain Ader, Vano Allsalu, Stanislav Antipov, Ivi Arrak, Jüri Arrak, Nelly Drell, Jaan Elken, Herlet Elvisto, Pille Ernesaks, Evi Gailit, Anne-Mai Heimola, Mirjam Hinn, Ashot Jegikjan, Liisa Jugapuu, Eva Jänes, Santa Zukker, Ly Kaalma, Kristiina Kaasik, Kalli Kalde, Satu Kalliokuusi, Erki Kasemets, Liis Koger, Liive Koppel, Ilmar Kruusamäe, Eve Kruuse, Piret Kullerkupp, Maret Suurmets Kuura, Anna Kõuhkna, Andro Kööp, August Künnapu, Vilen Künnapu, Mati Kütt, Urve Küttner, Silvi Lepparu, Philiph Arvo Luik, Ivika Luisk, Helle Lõhmus,Vitali Makar, Ahti Meier, Anne Moggom, Lilian Mosolainen, Anu Muiste, Marju Must, Peeter Must, Marko Mäetamm, Karl Kristjan Nagel, QBA /Martin Kaares, Alina Orav, Ulvi Oro, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik, Riin Pallon, Anne Parmasto, Per William Petersen, Sirje Petersen, Sirje Piir, Tiit Priidel, Lii Pähkel, Tiit Pääsuke, Piret Rohusaar, Mari Roosvalt, Uno Roosvalt, Andrus Rõuk, Kaja Sikk, Sandra Sirp, Angela Soop, Karin Strohm, Kuzja Zverev, Karl-Erik Talvet, Tiina Tammetalu, Lola Tehver, Margus Tiitsmaa, Heli Tuksam, Maris Tuuling, Einar Vene, Valeri Vinogradov.

There is some smell of a jubilee in the air of the exhibition – in 2022 thirty years have passed since the Estonian Painters Association was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1992. Another small anniversary is the 10th year for the Association to have its exhibition at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu.

Crew of the exhibition: Marie Virta, Tiiu Rebane, Linda Elken

Curator and design: Jaan Elken


Estonian Cultural Endowment and the City of Pärnu.

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