Open Collections. Art Museum in Your Town. Valga
On 7 August the exhibition Open Collections. Art Museum in Your Town will open at the gallery of the Valga Museum. The exhibition is dedicated to the anniversary of the Art Museum of Estonia.
The Art Museum of Estonia will be touring the country with a travelling exhibition of valuable 17th to 21st century artworks from its collection. The display illustrates the development of artistic genres and motifs over time and space, compares and contrasts works from different eras, and includes examples of portrait, landscape and genre painting. Visitors can admire the artists’ interpretations of daily activities and family occasions, as well as their depictions of urban environments and light. In the selection of artworks, classics have been mixed with modern pieces and foreign art with local Estonian art. Works by Julius Klever, Eduard Wiiralt, Konrad Mägi, Oskar Hoffmann, Aleksander Vardi, Jüri Palm, Ludmilla Siim, Kiwa, Marko Mäetamm and Sigrid Viir, among others, will be exhibited. The exhibition is a reminder of Felix Randel, an artist who was born in Valga.
The travelling exhibition is part of the Art Museum of Estonia 100 jubilee programme, which involves taking samples from their collection to Haapsalu (in cooperation with the Foundation of Haapsalu and Läänemaa Museums), Narva (with the Hermann Castle of the Narva Museum) and Valga (with the Valga Museum). From 5 July to 10 November 2019, the great hall of the Kumu Art Museum will be reserved for the international exhibition Open Collections: The Artist Takes the Floor, which will be dedicated to the centennial of the Art Museum of Estonia.
The first guided tour of the exhibition Open Collections. Art Museum in Your Town, with the curator Eha Komissarov, will take place on 7 August at 4pm. At 5pm, on the same day, there will be a guided tour in Russian with the art historian Darja Andrejeva.
Curator: Eha Komissarov
Coordinator: Tiiu Parbus
Exhibition design: Neeme Külm
Concept of the exhibition’s visual identity: Asko Künnap
Graphic design: Tuuli Aule
Kollaaž: Felix Randel. Pühapäev. 1924. Eesti Kunstimuuseum / Carl Timoleon von Neff. Sophie de Keyshenni portree. 1854. Eesti Kunstimuuseum / Jüri Palm. Inimeste maa ja meri. 1984–1985. Eesti Kunstimuuseum