Publications by Kadriorg Art Museum 2015

Between Dresden and St. Petersburg. Artist Twin Brothers von Kügelgen

Kygelgeni_raamat__kaaned_809x270_5mm.inddEdited by Kadi Polli
Texts by Kadi Polli, Dorothee von Hellermann, Inge Kukk, Anna Nikiforova, Simone Fugger von dem Rech and Maria Shlikevich
Designed by Kätlin Tischler
296 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kadriorg Art Museum
Tallinn 2015
ISBN 978-9949-485-45-1

The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Kadriorg Art Museum (24.10.2015–13.03.2016) and presents one of the most inspiring and international moments in Baltic German art, when outstanding masters and Enlightenment ideas arrived in Estonia. At the turn of the 19th century, the history of ideas in Estonia meant the start of Estophilia and social criticism by local journalists and, in architecture, the establishment of neoclassical manor houses and English landscape parks. In the fine arts, there is reason to call this period the era of the Kügelgen brothers.

In the cultural memory of Germany, Russia and the Baltic countries, the von Kügelgens are a renowned family with many members who were important artists, writers and intellectuals. The founders of this creative dynasty were the brothers Franz Gerhard (1772–1820) and Karl Ferdinand (1772–1832) von Kügelgen. The brothers’ artistic careers started in Germany, were supplemented in Rome, and blossomed on the outskirts of Europe, in Riga, Tallinn and St. Petersburg.

The exhibition and the book focus on on the Kügelgen brothers’ ties to Estonia by presenting them as masters of major importance in Baltic art history. The Kügelgen brothers introduced the values of the Era of Enlightenment and a new artistic level to portraiture and landscape painting in Estonia and Livonia, and also raised the status of the artist’s profession generally.

Kadriorg Art Museum. Museum guidebook

72dpi esikaas ENG Kadrioru juhtEdited by Greta Koppel
Texts by Anu Allikvee, Greta Koppel, Tiina-Mall Kreem, Kersti Kuldna-Türkson, Aleksandra Murre and Kadi Polli
Designed by Tuuli Aule
96 pp.
In English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kadriorg Art Museum
Tallinn 2014
ISBN 978-9949-485-30-7

The Kadriorg Art Museum is the only museum in Estonia specialising in European and Russian art from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The museum building – the Kadriorg Palace – was initially built as a summer residence for the Russian emperor Peter the Great. The most important national collection of European and Russian art in Estonia and the Baroque-style Kadriorg Palace together create a distinct narrative about international art in a local context.

The Kadriorg Art Museum and the Kadriorg Palace – both the museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as the palace architecture and interiors – speak for themselves and off er aesthetic and intellectual enjoyment even without any supplementary reading. But we do hope that, with the help of this guide, visitors will better understand the distinctive qualities of our permanent collection and the works of art it contains, as well as learn more about the Kadriorg Palace, a unique example of world-class Baroque architecture in Estonia, and its three hundred years of history. A museum guide is like a miniature museum, enclosed within covers, that you explore in order to gain new knowledge and remember the works of art that you saw on your visit to the museum.

10 €

Published also in Estonian
ISBN 978-9949-485-29-1