Publications by Kadriorg Art Museum 2017

Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Finnish and Baltic Collections

KAANED.inddEdited by Kerttu Männiste
Texts by Fred Meijer, Matthias Depoorter, Minna Tuominen, Viktoria Markova, Jaan Elken and Kerttu Männiste
Designed by Peeter Laurits
144 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2016

Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Finnish and Baltic Collections, an exhibition at the Kadriorg Art Museum, a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, introduces art of the still life genre from the 17th century until the present day to the public. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book comprised of analytical articles by a range of international authors. The regional differences, themes and iconographic meanings of the still life genre are dealt with in the book, with articles by noted European researchers of still lifes.

In his introductory article, Fred Meijer (RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History) provides a summary of the general developments in the genre related to history, themes and painting techniques. Matthias Depoorter (Flemish Art Collection) provides both a naturalist and art history approach to compositions depicting both living and dead birds. The work of the Dutch painter of vanitas-style still lifes Edwaert Collier is discussed by Minna Tuominen (Finnish National Gallery, Sinebrychoff Art Museum). Viktoria Markova (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts) maps the development of the genre, from Caravaggio’s innovations to Baroque spatial and form dynamics. The artist and lecturer on painting Jaan Elken (Estonian Artists Association, Estonian Academy of Arts) examines the work of Estonian contemporary artists by dealing with the various possibilities of the interpretation and further development of still lifes and the genre as a breeding ground for contemporary art experiments.