Graphic Arts Collection

The Graphic Arts Collection is the largest sub-collection of the Art Museum (about 26,000 works), and it includes prints, drawings and watercolours. The core of the collection is comprised of Estonian art from before World War II, including almost the entire list of Eduard Wiiralt‘s prints. The works of Kristjan Raud, Märt Laarman, Aino Bach, Salome Trei, Paul Burman and others are also well represented.

The pride of the Graphics Art Collection is the works of Baltic-German Estophiles from the 18th and 19th centuries (August Pezold, Friedrich Sigismund Stern and others), as well as Karl von Kügelgen‘s sepia drawings and some works by Johann Köler.

There are also progressive Estonian graphic works of art from the 1960s to the 1980s. The collection of contemporary graphic arts has grown rapidly through purchases by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and through collaboration with the Tallinn Print Triennial Foundation. Thanks to the latter, the collection also includes the works of some international celebrities (Sang-gon Chung, Wayne Crothers, General Idea and others).

Since graphic artworks – as art created on paper – are very vulnerable to external influences, they can only be exhibited selectively and for short periods of time.