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Fred Kotkas's exhibition "Estonian Party"

On Friday, 31 August at 5 p.m. Fred Kotkas's personal exhibition "Estonian Party" will be opened in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House as part of the Estonia 100 art programme.

Kotkas’s painting exhibition offers an overview of the festive days celebrated in Estonian and the people who observe them. Different events and a colourful cast of characters are explored which means that the exhibition offers a cross-section of Estonian society. At the same, negative aspects are highlighted, but the artist always depicts them with complete neutrality.

Kotkas adds: "I approach the subject-matter from different angles to show what people from various layers and groups of society consider a true party but also what a party can become if the participants don’t agree on something. In addition to celebration, preparation, recuperation and the feelings of not getting to party are also depicted."

Fred Kotkas (b 1986) is a painter and illustrator currently living and working in Hiiumaa. In 2012, he graduated from the Liberal Arts Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts and his works explore the everyday life in its absurdity and tragicomedy. Kotkas’s earlier personal exhibitions have taken place in Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (2013) and Hobusepea Gallery (2012).

The exhibition is open until 23 September and then travels to Pärnu, Viljandi and Tallinn.

Additional information:
Tanel Asmer
Tartu Art House producer
5562 1192

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