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Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States

Symbolism in the Art of the Baltic States

Time: 12.10.18–03.02.19  10:00–18:00
Location: Kumu exhibition spaces

10.04.–15.07.2018 at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris
12.10.2018–03.02.2019 at Kumu Art Museum in Estonia

The international exhibition is the fruit of collaboration between four museums in the Baltics: the Latvian National Museum of Art; the Art Museum of Estonia; the Lithuanian Art Museum, and the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum. The main curator of the exhibition is Rodolphe Rapetti, a distinguished researcher of symbolism. The exhibition will show a total of 150 works of art, representing iconic artists in the art history of the Baltic countries: Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Janis Rozentāls, Konrad Mägi, Kristjan Raud, Nikolai Triik and others.

The curator Rodolphe Rapetti focuses on European symbolism and the resulting self-awareness integrally connected to the independence of the Baltic countries after World War I. The exhibition demonstrates the dynamic interaction between various foreign influences and the local cultural field, which formed the basis for the artists’ personal creative idioms. According to Rapetti, by using elements related to agriculture, folklore and landscape, the artists of the Baltic countries were able to create a totally unique artistic phenomenon. The three main themes of the exhibition – “Myths and Legends”, “Soul” and “Landscape” – express the artists’ enthusiasm for romantic stories, the individual inner worlds of people, and the mystery of nature.

Curators: Rodolphe Rapetti and Liis Pählapuu.

Photos of opening of the exhibition “Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States” at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

The exhibition is part of the programme to celebrate the centennial of the Republic of Estonia.

Oskar Kallis. Sun. Maestoso. 1917. Tartu Art Museum