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Raivo Korstnik's exhibition "In retrospect – sea and women"

The episode 3 of Raivo Korstnik's retrospective exhibitions series is opened at Viinistu Art Museum.

The exhibition series dedicated to the 85th anniversary gives a cross section on the work of Raivo Korstnik (1932–1992) from the end of the 1950s until 1992. A large part of the exposed art comes to the public for the first time - the works originate from the private collection of the artist's family and are restored especially for this exhibition series.

If the previous episodes of the series focused on the Korstnik's newer cubist and surrealist works, episode 3 explores the most prominent national romantic direction of his earlier work, where his favorite motifs are life on the coast, the sea and the fishermen.

The adjoining exhibition hall is filled with paintings of nude women from totally opposing bright dream world. Korstnik's nude paintings from the 1960s do not express the same conditions as the paintings of the sailors, their style and colors are expressive, vibrant, and the muses on the paintings are rather from some ideal world than from a rough coastal life. They are there to inspire the viewer to get something that is not physically accessible.

The exhibition is exhibited in the "barrels" of the Viinistu Art Museum, formerly a part of the local fish factory.

Raivo Korstnik is a recognized author in the art world, who has preferred lecturing for the active exhibitions. He was a drawing teacher both at ERKI, at the Pedagogical University and at the Tallinn Cultural University, and was also involved in the cinema world, having worked in Estonian TV and cinema studio.

He acquired art education at the ERKI (1951-1957). After that, in the 1960s, the most famous and most valued period of the creation of Korstnik began. One of the few performances of Korstnik took place at the youth exhibition in 1966, which is considered to be one of the most important exhibitions focused on new art in Estonian art history.

The art history has highlighted his role in the 1960s painting renewal and his good relationships with the young, upright generation of the avant-garde. Perhaps there are also some reasons why Korstnik focused on academic activities.

The opening of the exhibition on September 10, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Organizers: Fahle Gallery, Meelis Tammemägi and Maarja Korstnik

Additional inforamtion: or phone +372 5662 0033

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