|Location:||Kumu exhibition spaces|
Join exhibition curator Liis Pählapuu for an insightful exploration of the exhibition Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States at the Kumu Art Museum. The high-level exhibition, which is the result of cooperation between the three Baltic states, was initially on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. And its head curator is Rodolphe Rapetti, the outstanding French researcher of Symbolism.
The exhibition reveals the specific features of early 20th-century Baltic Symbolism. The local young artists set out to discover the contemporary art movements in Europe, but also had aspirations to help create their own national identities. Their art often intertwines the international artistic idiom with local folk art and symbols of oral heritage. The idea of creative freedom was brought from Western Europe, along with the belief in the ability of art to express the spiritual levels hidden in people.
Johann Walter. Peasant Girl. Ca 1904. Latvian National Museum of Art