The first personal exhibition in Estonia by the Tallinn-born artist, who prefers working in post-digital media. In 2017, she represented Estonia at the Venice Biennale.
Leonhard Lapin has been active in the art scene for 50 years and is considered one of the founders of Estonian pop art and a classic of the neo-avant-garde.
The 1980s were the heyday of Estonian poster art, when posters were no longer viewed as simple information carriers but also as independent works of art. New technological solutions and a dialogue with other types of art encouraged the emergence of experimental and decorative artistic posters.
Andres Tolts is an Estonian art classic from the second half of the 20th century. The roots of his work can be found in the conceptual revolution and pop-art aesthetics of the late 1960s. Tolts’s works examine the shifting relations between objects, spaces and pictures.
Curator: Anu Allas
Children of the Flowers of Evil. Estonian Decadent Art
“Do you remember the thing we saw, my soul, that summer morning, so beautiful, so soft: at a turning in the path, a filthy carrion, on a bed sown with stones” (Ch. Baudelaire trans. Jack Collings Squire).
Through the ages, along with everything beautiful, artists and writers have been captivated by ugliness and depravity. The darker side of life fascinated the legendary poet Charles Baudelaire. His morbid, but elegant world of thoughts and feelings inspired Estonian artists in the early 20th century.
Curator: Lola-Annabel Kass
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
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.
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.