Universe of the Farmyard: Creators of Southern Estonia 02/06/2022 – 21/08/2022

Estonian National Museum
Karl Pärsimägi. Self-Portrait with Pearls. Ca 1935. Oil. Art Museum of Estonia

Universe of the Farmyard: Creators of Southern Estonia

Universe of the Farmyard, the first art exhibition to focus on the unique and rich cultural space of southern Estonia, now travels to the Estonian National Museum.

While the phenomenon of “southern Estonianness” has been approached from literary and ethnographic perspectives, so far there have been no studies exploring the characteristically southern Estonian features and spirit in the work of the artists who grew up there or in some other way had a special relationship with the region. They include several leading figures of Estonian modernism from the first half of the 20th century, whose work has had a defining influence on the way we think about and visualise the essence of south Estonia. The exhibition looks at the period from the late 19th century to the end of the Second World War: along with a general rise in national and political consciousness, this was a time when many regional and local identities were being shaped and defined.

Curator: Liis Pählapuu
Exhibition design: Kaisa Sööt
Graphic design: Tuuli Aule (Art Museum of Estonia)
Coordinator: Magdaleena Maasik (Art Museum of Estonia)