Paul Delvaux. A Waking Dreamer
25.11.2016 ─ 12.03.2017
The Great Hall
The dream-like atmosphere of the works by this Belgian surrealist, who had a significant impact on 20th-century art, combines deeply personal motifs with quotations from art history. The exhibition is a cooperative project with the Musée d’Ixelles (Belgium).
Conductors of Colour. Music and Modernity in Estonian Art
18.11.2016 – 27.08.2017
3rd floor, B-wing
The exhibition examines, for the first time, how sounds and music, for example peasant folk songs and even the clamour of cabarets, inspired such modern Estonian artists as Konrad Mägi, Eduard Wiiralt and Ado Vabbe to create “singing” landscapes and symphonies of colour.
Soviet Midnight. Raul Rajangu
16.09.2016 ─ 02.04.2017
The Project Space, 4th floor, A-wing
The early series by Raul Rajangu “Soviet Midnight” (1981–1982) borrows motifs from Soviet state albums, brochures of advertisements and family photos. Mixing Lenin, the Soviet tradition of decorating fir-trees for New Year’s Eve and the Volga (a Soviet make of car), the artist studies the innumerable paradoxes of the latter period of Soviet life.
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
3rd floor, A-wing
The rooms of permanent exhibition are filled with the early classics of Estonian art from the 18th century until the end of the Second World War. As the exhibition moves from one topic to another – from a work of an anonymous Baltic-German portrait artist to Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud and Konrad Mägi, and on to the Group of Estonian Artists, Pallas School – a visitor can also detect cultural processes characteristic to Western Europe. The exhibition tracks down changes in the Estonian mentality as well as in art styles. It consists of both masterpieces that already have established a place in the collective memory of Estonians and works that have until now been waiting in the depositories to be displayed.
Permanent Exhibition: Conflicts and Adaptations. Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)
Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence.
4th floor, A-wing
The new permanent exposition focusses on the complicated relationship between art and its environment, and presents the various countenances of the era and the altering roles of art, which include depicting the surrounding reality, taking a stand against it, and creating alternative realities.