September 3, 2012
Women Like Me by Jaworska
International exibition of
I KNOW MYSELF BEST
Opening of the exhibition on October 6 at
A small group of Swedish artists have
arrived in the beautiful town of Pärnu to
show the results of their search for
A self portrait shows the encounter between
what can be seen on the outside and that
which often hides in the interior. In some
ways it is the greatest challenge an artist
can take on. It means observing oneself and
going beyond what is real and what can be
seen, and then again to give it physical
shape as a drawing or a painting or a
The works we present here are a reflection
of pure introspection in our struggle to
reach reality, and what they show often
looks more like a dream of what we are or
what we would like to be. In the self
portraits we try to reflect our ideas,
dreams and emotions like in a mirror, but
just as often they come out transformed or
We come to Pärnu as neighbors from different
parts of Sweden, from the forests in the
north, the noisy cities in the centre and
all the way down south.
What some of the artists say:
I once saw a white alabaster sculpture of a
woman at a museum, and for a moment I
thought that she was me – a long time ago….
It inspired me to make a series of
paintings. They are far away from being
self-portraits but I painted them as though
the women were myself. I often hear that the
women I paint look a lot like me. Maybe
artists are subconsciously inspired by their
own bodies, faces, personalities? I hope
that you will notice a part of me while
looking at these paintings.
Painting selfportraits has always been à
habit of mine. Not always have I been aware
I painted myself however. When I start the
canvas I usually have no intention to paint
myself- but sometimes it turns out to be a
self portrait to my own surprise.
Lars Oluf Kolsrud:
My work mainly reflects the matters of being
human; in a deeper sense. A sort of both
naive and intellectual diary.
To paint is to construct meaning about life
world or like sending a message that arouses
thoughts and associations with others. What
images may or may not say decides the one
who looks. I myself get distance to the
meaning of experiences, thoughts and
feelings. The important thing for me is that
I reach in creating a sense of wholeness in
becoming. Experience is based on the idea
that I as a human inquire my own knowledge
and that imagery plays an important role in
this process. I am interested in art at its
most original form and when it functions as
language and communication. The Arts enhance
memory and language that keeps people
Man & Woman exhibition in 2010.
MAN, WOMAN AND ELECTRICITY
XVIII International Nude Art Exhibition
Man & Woman
Dear artists all around the world,
You are welcome to participate in the XVIII
International Nude Art Exhibition Man& Woman
which will be this summer dedicated to the
300th anniversary of G.W.Richmann, a
scientist who was born in our home town
Pärnu in July 1711 and who became one of the
first researchers of electricity. Richmann
was deeply devoted scientist who sacrificed
his life for new discoveries of mankind: in
his lab, during a research process he was
killed by lightening in August 1753. To
commemorate Richmann’s fearless challenges
and very creative character, we have decided
that the headline for this summer
International art show is MAN, WOMAN AND
We expect to exhibit outstanding and
innovative masterpieces which reflect
imaginary electric polarity and high tension
in relationships between male and female
spirits/bodies as well as art work using or
running by real electric power.
Please, send some images and a short
description (material, sizes) of Your art
work in a free form to the address: museum @
chaplin . ee
The selection is supervised by recognized
britis art critic Edward Lucie Smith.
The transportation from Your studios to
Pärnu, Estonia takes place between May 25 –
June 3th. The vernissage and inaguration of
the XVIII annual nude art show MAN, WOMAN
AND ELECTRICITY is scheduled for June 8th,
2011. All participating artists will be
hosted and accommodated in Pärnu.
Unfortunately we are unable to cover Your
travel costs. The exposition lasts from June
8th through September 1st, 2011. Return of
art work to Your studio will take place
latest by September 30th, 2011.
For more information, please, be so kind as
contact with the curator of the show
Mr. Mark Soosaar, mobile +372 50 24 947,
e-mail marksoosaar @ hotmail . com
or take a contact with the administration of
Museum of New Art, Pärnu: muuseum @ chaplin
. ee | www.chaplin.ee
Links to previous
Man & Woman 2010
Man & Woman 2006
Man & Woman 2004
Man & Woman 2003
April 27, 2011
'Joy, beauty and hope' paintings by
Riikka Juvonen (Finland)
Opening of the exhibition on May 5, 2011 at
I am a Finnish painter, author and
illustrator. I live in Helsinki but I have
been spending a lot of time also in
Middle-east, Spain and Turkey. Experiences
of the foreign countries and cultures have
influenced my works quite much. Often I hear
that my colors are not typically Finnish.
Maybe it is true. But more I thing that
those years I spend abroad encourage me as
an artist to express myself more openly.
They did not change my northern identity.
Red, yellow and turquoise were already in
We Finnish people have also bright colors
deep inside us. This exhibition includes my
paintings from past few years. Recent of
them have been completed this winter.
I painted about joy and about hope, against
the gloomy clouds of my soul. If these works
will bring some pleasure to those who will
see them, I am satisfied.
To spread joy and hope, I thing, is one of
the purposes of art.
Beauty is love.
In the exhibition Joy, beauty and hope there
are 15 works, all of them are painted with
oil on canvas. They have been created
between years 2005 and 2011. Some of them
have been exhibited earlier in Finland and
some in Tallinn, Estonia, in autumn 2010.
September 29, 2010
Haagensen "How to become free" at the Museum
of New Art in Pärnu, 1 – 24 October 2010.
Artist Ulvi Haagensen, born 1964 in Sydney,
has been lecturing at the Estonian Academy
of Arts in the Department of Jewellery and
Blacksmithing since 1999.
This exhibition is
based on the story of a family from Pärnu
who left Estonia at the end of the war. They
ended up in Australia. Haagensen has used
photographs taken by her father and compiled
an "artist's book" or story that unfolds
like the stills of a film before the
"Was this freedom? Of course the idea was to
escape and become free from the Soviet
powers, but what lay ahead, was this
freedom?" asks Haagensen.
In addition to the photographic work, the
exhibition comprises wire drawings that
function as broader symbols for leaving and
farewell, as well as new hope.
Combining two and three dimensional
expression Ulvi Haagensen's wire objects are
unique in Estonian art today.
Haagensen raises the issue of freedom and
what freedom means for each person. The
story begins in Pärnu, her father's
hometown, and is like a symbolic homecoming.
May 31, 2010
17th nude art show MAN AND WOMAN.
The international nude exhibit "Man & Woman"
will be held for the 17th year. The
exhibition will start with a one-week
creative period during which guest artists
will be making thematic pieces in workshops.
This year’s topic is “Great feelings,
The 17th nude exhibit “Man and Woman”
features such European artistic celebrities
as Mari Meszaros (Hungary-Holland), Mark
Angus (UK), Stanislav and Radka Muller
(Czech), Inguna Audere (Latvia).
Estonian glass art will be represented by
Ivo Lill, Rait Prääts, Piret Ellamaa,
Kristiina Uslar, Kairit Annus, Kai Koppel,
Kairi Roolaht-Orgussaar, Liisi Napp, Sofi
Arðas, Tiia Põldmets, Ain Roost.
Although glass art is in the main focus
of this year’s nude art show, the topic
“Great feelings, delicate relationships”
also include the wooden sculptures of Viktor
Korneyev, the Russian artist residing in
Sweden, the Iranian artist’s Fateme Gosheh’s
nude paintings, the bronze and leather
sculptures by the Finnish artists Matti
Kalkamo and Heli Rühanen, the nude video by
the Italian artist Federico Tinelli as well
paintings by the Estonian artists Silva
April 28, 2010
Exhibition of Estonian Painters
May 2 - June 2, 2010
"Blue" is a subject which conveys much more
than just questions about colouring.
"Blue" allows us to dedicate to much deeper
horizons of time and space.
It is not just colour chemistry on canvas.
As soon as "Blue" takes shape, it stops
being a colour. Is it a faraway memory which
returns us to childhood; an inexplicable
sadness rising from eternity; raw power?
The participating artists include Tiit
Pääsuke, Andres Tolts, Lemming Nagel, Mari
Roosvalt, Mall Nukke, Mall Paris, Jaan
Elken, Tiina Tammetalu, Sven Saag, Erki
Kasemets, Einar Vene, Sorge, Mati Kütt,
Toomas Altnurme, Tiiu Pallo-Vaik etc.
Curators Andres Koort and Lii Pähkel.
March 17, 2010
Puppet Exhibition "Ensemble"
Puppet masters from all over the world are
trying to find an answer to the question -
what is a puppet? Searching for the answer,
they make realist, abstract, naive or
surreal interpretations of puppets. Puppets
they craft according to their own faces or
What makes an artist's puppet special is its
uniqueness. Usually the artist only makes
one puppet at a time and it is hard to copy.
Occasionally they also make moulds which
make it possible to craft the body parts of
more than one puppet. In these cases, the
limited series are released.
In making puppets, traditional materials -
cloth, wax, wood, ceramic, porcelain, paper
mass, plastic, modeling materials - as well
as unusual and peculiar materials - metal,
fruit and vegetables, sea shells, stones,
commodities, flour, marzipan etc - are used.
The participating artists are: Ave Maser,
Terje Kiho, Viive Noor, Sveta Aleksejeva,
Sirje Raudsepp, Resa Tiitsmaa, Pille Pattak,
Eva Kõiv, Tiia Mets, Kaili Kase's and Maris
Aare's creative group "Aare Kask", Maris
Aare, Mare Rannast, Mare Hunt, Piret
Mildeberg, Lembe Maria Sihvre, Leenamari
Pirn, Tatjana Mokhrjakova, Inna Smirnova,
Tiina Piisang, Lilian Bristol, Maaja
KallChristi Kütt, Keret Altpere, Natalja
Litvinova, Kersti Roosmaa, Jevgenia
March 2, 2010
CLASSICAL DANCE PROJECT
Open until March 19, 2010 in
the Museum of New Art in Pärnu.
Artists: Vitali Brusinski, Natallia Kovsh.
Project curator: Larisa Mikhnevich.
As a creative basis of the
project, Program for Choreographic
Departments of the Music Schools and Schools
of Art, a book written by V. Serdyukov, in
1977, was used as a guide for the classical
The ABC’s of ballet is animating and getting
broader with technological skills within the
bounds of the project, where the students of
the first class of the Belarusian State
College for Choreography perform as the main
heroes. Author goes not with celebrities and
assured professional artistry, but on
primary and spontaneous workmanship.
The realism is warned out point shoes or
badly scratched knees are common here. The
goal of this project was not to focus on
hard ballet work, but its highest
realization – a classical dance.