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All About Estonian Art
May 27, 2011   
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Art from Estonia. Taming Modernism/Provocation and Confrontation is a new exhibition at the National Museum in Warsaw that includes works by anti-establishment Estonian artists.

This is the first such broad presentation of Estonian art in postwar Poland. Organized to mark 90 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Estonia, the exhibition comprises works by the finest Estonian artists produced between the late 19th century and the 1940s (Taming Modernism) and between the 1970s and the present day (Provocation and Confrontation).

The exhibition opens with a collection of works inspired by Kalevipoega, a mythical hero from Estonian folk tales and sagas.

The Provocation section comprises installations, videos and other multimedia projects most of which were created in the past two decades. The works spell out the artists’ critical attitude toward feminism, social violence, domestic violence and sexuality issues.

The Confrontation section, in turn, concerns ethnic conflicts and political change.

The exhibition at the National Museum was prepared by the Kumu Museum of Art in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. It consists of over 120 paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs by the finest Estonian artists and forming an overview of different trends in Estonian art—from symbolic works, illustrations of national sagas to impressionist and postimpressionist landscapes, vanguard paintings from the 1920s to different types of realism and colorism from the interwar period. The works on display come from the collections of the Estonian Museum of Art and the Art Museum in Tartu.

Estonian art developed under the influence of art academies in St. Petersburg and Düsseldorf and the artistic communities of Paris and Berlin. Still, despite all these influences, Estonian art has retained its unique flavor.

The exhibition comes with a comprehensive catalogue in Polish and English with information on over 40 artists and an outline of different trends in Estonian art.


Open through July 3
National Museum, 3 Jerozolimskie Ave.
tel. +48 22 621-10-31, +48 22 629-30-93.
Exhibition open Tue., Wed., Thu., Sat. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Fri. noon-8 p.m. Free admission on Fridays.
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