Publications by Kadriorg Art Museum 2017

With a Curious Eye. Mannerist Painting from the National Museum in Warsaw

Edited by Greta Koppel
Texts by Aleksandra Janiszewska and Greta Koppel
Designed by Kätlin Tischler
Graphic identity of the front cover by Mari Kaljuste
128 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kadriorg Art Museum
Tallinn 2017
ISBN 978-9949-485-71-0

The catalogue accompanies the exhibition With a Curious Eye. Mannerist Painting from the National Museum in Warsaw at the Kadriorg Art Museum (21.10.2017–25.02.2018). 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 exhibition introduces a small part of the rich art collection of the National Museum in Warsaw. These works are related to the early works in the Netherlandish Collection of the Art Museum of Estonia, which are also included in this exhibition. Together, they tell the story of the development and spread of Europe’s common artistic idiom, the far-reaching impact of the models of the great masters, and their unique interpretation. The outstanding achievements of Italian Renaissance art, as well as the specific details, forms and compositional techniques, arrived in Estonia via the works of northern European artists. A special role was played by the development of printed graphic art and the exceptional quality of its artistry and technique. An art exhibition has been born in collaboration with the National Museum in Warsaw that deals with the development of the ideals of beauty, the spread of an artistic idiom and spiritual searching, as well as with the great processes that gripped all of Europe and were equally significant in Poland and Estonia.

Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Finnish and Baltic Collections

KAANED.inddEdited by Kerttu Männiste
Texts by Fred Meijer, Matthias Depoorter, Minna Tuominen, Viktoria Markova, Jaan Elken and Kerttu Männiste
Designed by Peeter Laurits
144 pp.
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn 2016

Abundance and Ephemerality. Still Lifes from Finnish and Baltic Collections, an exhibition at the Kadriorg Art Museum, a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, introduces art of the still life genre from the 17th century until the present day to the public. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated book comprised of analytical articles by a range of international authors. The regional differences, themes and iconographic meanings of the still life genre are dealt with in the book, with articles by noted European researchers of still lifes.

In his introductory article, Fred Meijer (RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History) provides a summary of the general developments in the genre related to history, themes and painting techniques. Matthias Depoorter (Flemish Art Collection) provides both a naturalist and art history approach to compositions depicting both living and dead birds. The work of the Dutch painter of vanitas-style still lifes Edwaert Collier is discussed by Minna Tuominen (Finnish National Gallery, Sinebrychoff Art Museum). Viktoria Markova (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts) maps the development of the genre, from Caravaggio’s innovations to Baroque spatial and form dynamics. The artist and lecturer on painting Jaan Elken (Estonian Artists Association, Estonian Academy of Arts) examines the work of Estonian contemporary artists by dealing with the various possibilities of the interpretation and further development of still lifes and the genre as a breeding ground for contemporary art experiments.