Large-scale exhibitions of Mannerist art will open in Kadriorg

Art Museum of Estonia
Press release
12 October 2017

Large-scale exhibitions of Mannerist art will open in Kadriorg  

On Thursday, 19 October, an international exhibition called With a Curious Eye. Mannerist Painting from the National Museum in Warsaw will open at the Kadriorg Art Museum, and a supplementary exhibition called In the Roman Style. Mannerist Graphic Art in Estonian Collections will open at the Mikkel Museum.

The artistically intriguing and outstanding collaborative exhibition organised with the National Museum in Warsaw brings thirty-six 16th– and 17th-century Mannerist paintings of the Netherlandish school to the Kadriorg Art Museum. The exhibition, which includes several rare works of art that have seldom been removed from the National Museum’s walls, will launch the international art events dedicated to the centenaries of the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Poland. This is the first collaborative exhibition to be organised by the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Museum in Warsaw.

Simultaneously, an exhibition called In the Roman Style will introduce rare 16th– and 17th-century prints from various Estonian collections. In addition to the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, graphic art from the University of Tartu Art Museum, University of Tartu Library, National Library of Estonia, National Archives of Estonia and private collections will be exhibited.

Greta Koppel, the exhibition curator, explains: “The central aspect of this style is its artistry. The requirement to imitate nature as objectively as possible during the prior Renaissance era was abandoned, and subjectivity and theatricality were emphasised. The art of the era is closely associated with court culture, which is characterised by an interest in curiosities and erotica, as well as cultivated elegant manners and luxurious lifestyles. In the Netherlands, these models were combined with the local art tradition, which valued detailed depiction, and in which seemingly erotic pictures also had a strong moralising Christian subtext.”

The presentation of the illustrated catalogue accompanying With a Curious Eye. Mannerist Painting from the National Museum in Warsaw will also occur at the opening of the exhibition.

The exhibition at the Mikkel Museum is explained by a book with an article written by the famous Russian art historian Arkadi Ippolitov, who is the Curator of Italian Prints at the State Hermitage. The book analyses the works and places them in the context of the era. The book presentation will take place at the end of this year.

Exhibition curators: Greta Koppel, Anu Allikvee and Aleksandra Janiszewska

A diverse public and educational programme accompanies the exhibition:

  • On Friday, 20 October from 12 noon to 4 pm, an international seminar called With an Investigative Eye. Insight into Mannerist Art and the Research Work at the National Museum in Warsaw will take place. An introduction to the history of the exhibition themes and museum collections will be conducted by the art historians from Estonia, Poland and Russia who are associated with the project: Hanna Benesz, Aleksandra Janiszewska, Arkadi Ippolitov and Greta Koppel.
  • Admission to the seminar is free. Preregistration is required

(, tel 606 6400).

  • Performances of the musical and dance performance Metamorphoses of Beauty (a collaborative project of the Kadriorg Art Museum, Goltsman Ballet and Una Corda ensemble) will take place at the Kadriorg Art Museum on 1 December and 5 December 2017, and on 9 February and 10 February 2018.
  • Lectures and tours will be organised as part of the Late Wednesdays series (the programme is on the museum website).
  • The Out of the Frame museum hour and worksheet, as part of the Open Playing Fields youth festival
  • Out of the Frame museum hour (for all school levels, preregistration required).

Journalists can arrange interviews with curators and foreign representatives on 19 October from 1 pm to 4 pm, and on 20 October from 10 am to 12 noon.

The press album for With a Curious Eye is available here.

The press album for In the Roman Style is available here.

The exhibitions are open to the public at the Kadriorg Art Museum from 21 October 2017 to 25 February 2018, and at the Mikkel Museum from 21 October 2017 to 11 March 2018.

More information:

Greta Koppel
Kadriorg Art Museum and Mikkel Museum
Tel +372 601 3430, + 372 5884 9949

Aleksandra Murre
Kadriorg Art Museum and Mikkel Museum
Tel +372 606 6406, +372 521 3748

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