Graphic Design Collection

The Graphic Design Collection was established in 2001 on the initiative of Renita Raudsepp, an art historian from the Art Museum of Estonia. The first items in the collection were advertisements, posters and labels from the private collection of Guido Mamberg, an Estonian graphic designer active in the first half of the 20th century. Today, this collection contains more than 2,000 items, with a wide variety of materials, ranging from cigarette pack labels from the 1920s and 1930s to Soviet-era alcoholic beverage and soft drink labels to the test printings of 1990s advertising posters. However, the largest part of the collection is comprised of posters for cultural events, primarily exhibitions, largely organised by the Art Museum of Estonia throughout the years. The poster art of many well-known Estonian graphic artists and designers, such as Ülo Emmus, Leonhard Lapin, Tõnis Laanemaa and Villu Järmut, is amply represented. Increasingly, the collection of Socialist Realism propaganda posters from the post-war period is also attracting the attention of researchers and being exhibited more often.