21/02/2006
Press Release
Note No. 5996

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Note to Correspondents


‘HANDSCAPES’ EXHIBITION FEATURING ESTONIAN ARTISTS


OPENS AT HEADQUARTERS 23 FEBRUARY


An exhibition entitled Handscapes will open on Thursday, 23 February at 6 p.m. in the South Gallery of the General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby.  This exhibit commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations and marks the fifteenth year of Estonia’s United Nations membership.


As the motto -- Hand in hand, in unanimity, hope is created -- conveys, the exhibit presents a collection of photographs, paintings and installations depicting images of hands, ending in the formation of hand landscapes -- Handscapes -- that symbolizes the power of unity.


The Estonian artists featured in this exhibit -- Jüri Ojaver, Ülle Marks, Jüri Kass and Alice Kask -- belong to different generations and use a variety of techniques to express the same image.  Jüri Ojaver is a well-known artist whose installations are based on intuition and inspired by his medium of choice.  Ülle Marks and Jüri Kass demonstrate post-modern landscapes, using the human body to form mountains and dells, ridges and open countries.  Alice Kask is a young Estonian artist whose paintings reveal a profound and figurative representation of the human figure.


The exhibit is organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and the Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia, under the patronage of Ingrid Rüütel, First Lady of Estonia.


For more information on United Nations exhibitions, call Jan Arnesen, tel.: (212) 963-8531; or Liza Wichmann, tel.: (212) 963-0089.


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