From One Century to the Next. Kristjan and Paul Raud

June 22 – October 8, 2006
Kumu Art Museum, Great Hall



Originators of Estonian national art, the work of the twins Kristjan and Paul Raud are relatively familiar to Estonians, primarily due to the illustrations for Kalevipoeg. Through the years, the viewpoint toward art from the beginning of the 20th century has changed and significant correctives and re-evaluations have been made. Symbolism from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, which is the basis for many subsequent ways of thinking, is receiving ever more recognition.


The exhibition focuses less on Kristjan Raud’s National Romantic work and presents his work in its entirety as a distinctive example of Symbolism. Paul Raud, whose works have been so far examined from a realistic viewpoint, steps before the viewer as a much more rounded artist – as a modern painter from the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition invites one to discover the points of connection between the works of the two brothers, to which not much attention has been paid to date.


This large exhibition, comprising 300 works of art, includes works from the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, as well as from private collections, the latter mostly from the private collection of Helge Raud-Pihelgas. Some of the works in the exhibition are being be exhibited publicly for the first time.


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The curator of the exhibition is Mai Levin, Art Historian with the Art Museum of Estonia.