Publications by Kumu 2017

Anu Põder. Be Fragile! Be Brave!

72dpi esikaas Anu P6derEdited by Rebeka Põldsam
Texts by Eha Komissarov, Rebeka Põldsam and Jan Verwoert
Designed by Brit Pavelson
144 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2017
ISBN 978-9949-485-66-6

The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at Kumu Art Museum (17.03.–06.08.2017). AnuPõder (1947–2013) was one of the most fascinating artists in contemporary Estonian sculpture and installation art. Starting her career in the 1970s, her work mostly dealt with family life, internal struggles and the emotional realm, framed by the constraining norms and taboos of the Soviet regime. Thanks to Anu Põder’s artistic position we can see clearly the effect social development had on the life and options of an individual, how each person became someone else’s context. Unlike her peers, Põder used ephemeral materials: textile, wax, plaster, soap, epoxy, plastic, and wood, and used herself as the measure of her works. Her art works even age like people; they change colour, become deformed, disintegrate, but their initial fragile nature becomes increasingly apparent and vivid over time, offering new possibilities for interpreting all of Estonia’s recent history.

IV B. Addenda to Soviet-era art history 3
Symmetrical Worlds – Mirrored Symmetries: Ülo Sooster, Juri Sobolev, Tõnis Vint and Raul Meel

Edited by Elnara Taidre
Selection of reproductions by Anna Romanova
Texts by Anna Romanova and Eha Komissarov
Designed by Tuuli Aule
256 pp.
In Estonian, English and Russian, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2017
ISSN 2382-8048
ISBN 978-9949-485-65-9

The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at Kumu Art Museum (03.03.–11.06.2017) and is the third book from the “Addenda to Soviet-era art history” series. The series is accompanied by exhibitions in the B-wing of the fourth floor of the Kumu Art Museum that offer insight into Soviet-era Estonian art. Among other things, the focus lies on specific topics and phenomena that have received relatively little coverage in art historiography and deserve new approaches.

This book deals with art contacts between Moscow and Tallinn from the 1960s to the 1980s. It focusses on the most significant representatives of the Moscow–Tallinn art axis and the most innovative aspects of their art: the publishing of popularscientific material, which was quite a phenomenon in Soviet times, and the use of specific audio-visual solutions. The framework for the discourse is formed by the way the “visual turn” brought about by 20th-century photography, cinema, television and other new media is understood today. The interdisciplinary and quotation-rich language of imagery used by the Moscow–Tallinn circle of artists has been described as a system of conscious visual juxtapositions and searches.

For contributions to the exhibition and the book, the Kumu Art Museum is grateful to the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) and to Galina Metelitchenko, the curator of Yuri Sobolev’s archive. Good partners in this project have also been the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Central Cinema Museum, the Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, the Russian State University of the Humanities, the Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art, the Tartu Art Museum, the Museum of Estonian Architecture, the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum, and the Estonian National Library. The museum would also like to thank Tõnis and Eva Vint, Raul Meel, Tenno-Pent Sooster, Vladimir Tarasov, Mikhail Alshibaya, Victoria Mochalova, Ben Hellman and Igor Makarevich for making their parts of this valuable visual heritage available.