About Raoul Kurvitz

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Born Feb 3rd 1961 in Tallinn, Estonia; lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. In 1984 graduated Estonian Art Academy as an architect. Since 1988 has worked as a free-lanced artist, also teaching in Estonian Art Academy and elsewhere by contracts. Since Sept. 2015 works at The Institute of Architecture and Urbanistics of Tallinn Technical University as docent of visual arts.

In 1985 Raoul Kurvitz formed a group called "Rühm T" together with Urmas Muru – a group of artists and other creative people, which appeared to be the most radical and innovative movement in the Estonian art-life in the times of Perestroika and regaining independence of the country inbetween 1986-1991.

In 1989-1992 Kurvitz gained acknowledgment also abroad – in Finland, Sweden and elsewhere in the Baltic region, mainly with his performances. In 1997 he represented Estonia at the Biennale of Venice together with Jaan Toomik and Siim-Tanel Annus; it was historically the first time when Estonia was officially acknowledged to the Biennale. In 1999 Kurvitz made a major exhibition at Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery and the square (Vabaduse Plats) in front of it, presenting a number of large-scaled installations, which became his trade-mark in his further production. In 2000-2002 Kurvitz lived and worked in New York. He has participated in a multitude of international exhibitions, including "Reflections" in Paris, L'Ecole des Beaux Arts (1993) Exhibition of Tactile Arts at Maly Ermitazh, Moscow (1998),Vilnius Biennale of Painting (2000, 2010),Grosse Austellung at Düsseldorf Kunsthalle (2001), Rauma Biennale Balticum (2011), Festivals of Light in Lyon (2006), Helsinki (2007), Jerusalem (2012), Torun (2013), and elsewhere; in 2013 he had an extensive solo retrospective at KUMU Art Museum, in Tallinn, Estonia.

Kurvitz works with painting, performances, installations, video, text and sound, often merging them together into "total installations", as he calls them. Kurvitz is an interdisciplinary artist.