In 2018, the Art Museum of Estonia, in cooperation with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will organise a truly magnificent exhibition on Michel Sittow (ca 1469–1525), a painter of Estonian origin who at the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries became a highly valued and sought-after artist in European courts.
The sculptors Linda Sõber and Endel Kübarsepp graduated from the Pallas Art School in the late 1930s as students of Anton Starkopf. During World War II, they emigrated from Estonia. The exhibition provides an overview of the oeuvre of these two little-known artists and of their difficult paths.
The exhibition gets its content from the environment surrounding the museum. On the one side, there is the Baroque legacy of Kadriorg Park, and on the other, the concrete housing estate of Lasnamägi.
But There’s No Door… . An Exhibition part of the project “Forgotten Heritage – European Avant-Garde Art Online”
The exhibition But There’s No Door… has been put together by young Estonians who participated in the three-month training course “From a Digital Archive to an Exhibition” in the project “Forgotten Heritage – European Avant-Garde Art Online”.
Through prize-winning works of art, we follow the growth of a large joint exhibition of the Baltic countries into an international post-printmaking event. In collaboration with the Foundation Tallinn Print Triennial.
Historical images not only tell us about the depicted past, but also about the time of their creation. This exhibition analyses the role of visual culture in the construction of Estonian historical memory.
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.