Retrospective of Jüri Okas – the classic of Estonian avantgard art

Corner Solution. 1979. Deep print.

Jüri Okas is one of a group of artists who in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while still a student of the Estonian State Art Institute, set out to overthrow previous values – the principles of art-making drawn from the modernist aesthetics – and replace them with the futuristic visions of Pop art and the impersonal documentation of Conceptual art.

Jüri Okas first showed his work to the general public in 1975 at the exhibition Event – Harku 1975 – Objects and Conceptions. By that time he had already produced some of his revolutionary artworks and had brought activities and concepts into Estonian art life which were absolutely new and difficult to decode at the time.

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