The Era of the Geometrical Man in Art Seminar

Art Museum of Estonia
Kumu Art Museum

Press Release no. 116
28 November 2012

On Friday, 30 November at 2 p.m., The Era of the Geometrical Man in Art seminar will take place in the Kumu Auditorium. The seminar accompanies the exhibition Geometrical Man. The Group of Estonian Artists and Art Innovation in the 1920s and 1930s. Simultaneous Estonian and English translations will be provided during the seminar. Admission is free.

Seminar programme:

2 pm Vojtěch Lahoda (The Institute of Art History in Prague)
Central/Eastern European Avant-garde and Berlin

2:40 pm Aija Braslina (Latvian National Museum of Art)
Latvian Modernists in Paris, Berlin and Rome in the 1920s: Links to the European Avant-garde

3:20 pm Coffee break

3:40 pm Kristina Jõekalda (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Clashes in the Self-Image of a Young Nation-State: Contemporary Art, National Style and “Alien” Heritage in Inter-war Estonia

4:20 pm Reet Varblane (art historian)
Geometrical Man and Its Audience

5:00 pm Kaido Ole (artist)
Mom’s Kiss

“In order to create added value for this exhibition, which examines the work of the Group of Estonian Artists, foreign experts will help to reveal the contextual levels of this phenomenon,” said Liis Pählapuu, the coordinator of the seminar. “Thus, Vojtěch Lahoda will analyse the Berlin art scene based on examples of East European artists who were associated with the avant-garde. Aija Braslina will introduce the international contacts of Latvian artists, by focusing on the work of Niklāvs Strunke, who went to Italy.”

Kristina Jõekalda’s presentation connects the problems related to the story of the Estonian Group of Artists, which is regarded as being quite influential in Estonian art history, to a collision of ideas with the self-image of the young nation-state. Reet Varblane analyses the behaviour of the audience regarding various artistic phenomena. Under the title “Mom’s Kiss”, Kaido Ole presents his “professionally motivated” meditation on the creative choices faced by the Group of Estonian Artists.

The Group of Estonian Artists (EKR) was established in 1923. The EKR was the first group of artists in Estonia focused on the avant-garde. Its most active creative period was in the 1920s, when many outstanding cubist-geometrical works were created in the fields of painting, graphic arts, stage arts, sculpture as well as book and applied design. The works from Estonian and Latvian national museums and private collections provide a survey of the development of Estonia’s first avant-garde art group – the Group of Estonian Artists.

The exhibition titled Geometrical Man. The Group of Estonian Artists and Art Innovation in the 1920s and 1930s will be open at the Kumu Art Museum until 6 January 2013.

For more information:
Liis Pählapuu
tel: 602 6043
Kumu Art Museum
Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1