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Aarne Mesikäpp's “Damn Tough Art Exhibition”

On Thursday, 6 April at 17.00 Aarne Mesikäpp's “Damn Tough Art Exhibition” will be opened in the monumental gallery of Tartu Art House.

Celebrated graphic artist Aarne Mesikäpp has designed so many books and posters that even he himself doesn't know their number. He is equally legendary as the graphics teacher of the Estonian State Art Institute (present day Estonian Academy of Arts, EAA). Although he has participated in Estonian art life from the second half of the 1960s, “Damn Tough Art Exhibition” is technically the first series that Mesikäpp has made for display in the gallery space.

The exhibition contains works from the last years that the author himself calls caricatures. They are made with humorous intentions, but repetitive graphical elements are used to talk about serious and topical themes and the artist does not shy away from contrasts and juxtapositions that might seem cliché-like. Mesikäpp has discovered the typefaces and typographical frames from the 1920s State Industrial Art School and from the time of Günther Reindorff that have been stored in the rich archives of EAA. Therefore all the works at the “Damn Tough Art Exhibition” are made with typographical techniques.
The exhibition will remain open until 30 April.

Aarne Mesikäpp (b 1939) was raised in the village of Adila in Raplamaa County. In 1955–1960, he studied theatre decoration at Tartu Art School and in 1960–1966 at the graphic arts department of the Estonian State Art Institute. From 1967, he worked at the same department as a teacher and from 2005 as a master printer of EAA. He has designed and illustrated countless books, posters and graphical materials and has participated in numerous exhibitions.

Tartu Art House (Vanemuise 26, Tartu, Estonia) is open Wed–Mon 12–18. Exhibitions are free of charge.
The exhibitions of the Tartu Art House are supported by the Tartu Town Government and the Cultural Capital of Estonia.

Additional information:

Indrek Grigor
Tartu Art House gallerist
galerist@kunstimaja.ee
+372 5559 1425

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