Exhibition: Open (Eyes) Minds ￼
Date: 04.08- 10.09
Location: Rüki galley in Viljandi, Estonia
Opening event on 4.08 at 17:00
The exhibition focuses on nature and biodiversity in an urban environment and invites you to examine your inner and outer surroundings with openness. At the opening of the exhibition, Maarja Pärtna will read excerpts from her forthcoming book “The Living City” followed by a performance by Kaarel Kütas. The exhibition is curated by Lilli-Krõõt Repnau and Mari Prekup.
“Widen inch by inch, open up just a little bit – and the city will flow into you like a solstice river. When you open your beak and cry out from the top of a birch tree, the empty space around you finally becomes a place.” writes Maarja Pärtna in her book The Living City (2022).
Though cities are built for human beings, we still live with many different species in this artificial environment, intertwined with fascinating plant communities. We don’t think of the city as a bustling living environment often, but thinking green and growing together is important at each grassroots level. The exhibition project looks at the seemingly invisible nature around us and focuses on what might stay hidden. It is a journey of a kind, a concentrated open-eyed observation of urban space: waking up and taking notice, musing and co-thinking. A dialogue that could enrich both the nature walker and the urban wanderer.
The exhibition is part of the Biotoopia art programme. Exhibition also includes an educational programme that, through different perspectives, seeks points of contact with nature in urban space and focuses on Viljandi.
Participating artists: Kadri Toom, Virge Jõekalda, Illimar Paul, Kristina Paabus, Maarja Nurk, Killu Sukmit, Marilyn Piirsalu, Riin Maide, Anna Škodenko, Andres Tolts (VGÜ collection), Kaarel Kütas, Britta Benno, Merilyn Lempu, Andrus Joonas,Taave Tuutma.
The exhibition will remain open until the 10th of September.
The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Viljandi City Government.
Rüki Gallery (Tartu St 7c, Viljandi) is open during the summer Mon-Fri 11-17 and Sat-Fri 11-15 .
Rüki Gallery is a contemporary art exhibition and sales gallery in Viljandi Old Town, which aims to present the work of Estonian professional artists both to locals and visitors from abroad.
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