Modernist Games. Adamson-Eric 115

Art Museum of Estonia
Adamson-Eric Museum
Press release


Modernist Games. Adamson-Eric 115

On Thursday, 26 October at 4 pm, the Adamson-Eric Museum will be presenting the exhibition Modernist Games, as well as the substantial publication Adamson-Eric. We will also introduce new exciting smart apps for children and young people, as well as our visitor programme for autumn and winter.

At the exhibition that is dedicated to the 115th anniversary of Adamson-Eric’s birth, we will provide an overview of the artist’s oeuvre, from sketches and preparatory pieces to finalised works of visual and applied art. The collections of Estonian museums hold nearly 2,000 works of art created by Adamson-Eric, of which this display can only include a small selection. The earliest pieces in the exposition are Composition and Serenade from 1924, when young Adamson-Eric began his art studies in Paris.

Ülle Kruus, Director of the Adamson-Eric Museum, says: “His creative, passionately playful and amusing approach to work has made Adamson-Eric’s legacy timeless. We will attempt to present the treasure trove of works which he left behind against the backdrop of today’s life and knowledge. The creative, entertaining, sophisticated and amusing artist’s star still shines brightly in 2017, 115 years after his birth.”

Adamson-Eric’s (1902–1968) numerous works are characterised by shapes, colours and figures painted with extraordinary passion. He brought his world into existence by playfully recreating the surrounding reality and the legacy of the past. At the exhibition Modernist Games, we have divided the master’s legacy into several subtopics.

A major group in the exposition are Adamson-Eric’s interpretations of traditional cultures and ethnographic elements. The symbols, masks and ornaments of ancient peoples have been worked into the designs of dozens of silver, gold and leather items, while coasters and trays bear the artist’s unique visions of Nordic runes. The centuries-old classic motif of the twisting vine was reworked by Adamson-Eric into the simpler and homelier strawberry plant, which appears frequently throughout three decades in various shapes and materials.

In the 1960s, the artist found a new favourite motif: the sun. To counteract the harshness of life, Adamson-Eric used porcelain painting and glazing to place brightly coloured suns on decorative plates and tiles.

The exhibition will remain open until 14 January 2018.

The press album of the exhibition can be viewed here.

The exhibition at the Adamson-Eric Museum will be accompanied by the new NUMU app programmes Bring Back the Sun for children and Joy Despite Politics for secondary school students and adults.

Exhibition curators: Ülle Kruus and Kersti Koll
Exhibition designer: Tiit Jürna
Graphic design: Külli Kaats
Education programmes: Liisi Selg
Manager of the NUMU app for Adamson-Eric’s anniversary project: Liis Kibuspuu

Additional information:

Ülle Kruus
Adamson-Eric Museum
Tel +372 6445838; +372 53439678

Liia Rebane
Communication Manager
Art Museum of Estonia
Tel +372 602 6026; +372 5681 6706