The Surprised Eye: Yerevan Hosts the Estonian Graphic Arts Exhibition
26.06.2015
15:00
The exhibition “The Surprised Eye” showcases a comprehensive choice of 125 works by 34 contemporary Estonian graphic artists at the premises of the Artists’ Union of Armenia in Yerevan.

The speakers at the opening press conference included: Sona Harutyunyan, President of the Cultures in Dialogue Foundation; Priit Turk, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Armenia; Inga Heamegi, Head of the Association of Estonian Printmakers; Tarrvi Laamann, Estonian Artist; and Ave Toelpt, Head of the Exhibition Department at the National Library of Estonia. The exhibition will be open till July 20, 2015.

“We started working together back in 2013 when the Cultures in Dialogue Foundation delegated four Armenian artists to Tallinn. In 2014 Tigran Sahakyan, Arman Vahanyan and Tigran Kirakosyan spent two months working at the shop of fine arts in Tallinn and had an exhibition featuring 30 pieces,” said Sona Harutyunyan.

Priit Turk welcomed the exhibition participants and said the Estonian graphic artists selectively collaborate with their foreign colleagues and they are honored to visit Yerevan and promote the culture ties between the two countries.

“Both Armenians and Estonians are warm hearted peoples and have wonderful relations. The distance, however, prevents artists from regularly visiting one another. Finally, we highly appreciate the idea of holding this exhibition. It is too important for us,” said Turk. The Ambassador expressed his hope to meet next time already in Tallinn.

Inga Heamegi spoke on the title they chose for the exhibition. “It was Estonian art critic Vappu Thurlow’s idea. I asked him to suggest ideas for our exhibition and he suggested this idea when an artist wakes up in the morning and that morning is an entire new world for him. Yesterday seems to have vanished and he can admire and enjoy the new day. And the idea that the artist might be surprised with every new day sparks thoughts and ideas that later turn into art pieces. The creative work in graphics is complex,” said Heamegi.

Contemporary graphic art is when we take the old and modernize it, Tarrvi Laamann.

“During my master class I am going to present woodcut illustrations. Don’t be afraid of the word woodcut because it is very easy and even kids in Japan work with this technique at kindergartens. But very few people in Estonia are engaged in modern graphic art because everyone thinks that it is hard whereas, in fact, it is very easy. As a result, many in Estonia opt for computer graphics,” said Laamann.

Ave Toelpt told the journalists the trilingual catalogue (Armenian, Estonian, and English) accompanying the exhibition containing an art historical contribution of Vappu Thurlow will be presented the day of the opening and will be available at the Artists’ Union of Armenia during the whole time of the exhibition. The exhibition will show the best 25 examples of contemporary Estonian book printing of the year 2014.

“An annual contest is held in Estonia and this year the exhibition features the winner books,” said Toelpt.

 

Lilit Arakelyan, Editor-Coordinator

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