Opening programme of “Borderless Universe in Their Minds”
On 2 December, the opening events of the new exhibition in the Great Hall of Kumu, “Borderless Universe in Their Minds: Italian Transavantgarde and Estonian Calm Expressionism, will take place”.
The opening programme will include the following:
from 12 to 2 pm: Endless Painting open workshop for children and families
at 1 pm: Curator tour of the exhibition, with Fabio Cavallucci, in English
at 2 pm: At the Exhibition with the Artists tour, Raoul Kurvitz and Urmas Muru, in Estonian
at 3 pm: Conversation on the topic Terms and Riddles of Art Trends: Italian Transavantgarde and Estonian Calm Expressionism, Sirje Helme and Joonas Hellerma, in Estonian
At the centre of the ambitious international project is a creative dialogue between Italian and Estonian artists of the second half of the 1980s. The exhibition provides a representative overview of the oeuvre of the Transavanguardia group of artists, who entered the art scene at the end of the 1970s. The works displayed here come from Italian private collections and museums and have been juxtaposed with the oeuvre of Raoul Kurvitz (1961) and Urmas Muru (1961), who reformed the Estonian art field in the second half of the 1980s. Although born on the other side of the Iron Curtain, Calm Expressionism (a term coined by the artists themselves) of Kurvitz and Muru is like a Nordic reflection of the Italian Transavantgarde.