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Lepo Mikko (1911–1978)
The Great Hall
Lepo Mikko, who graduated from the Pallas Art School in 1939, was a dedicated modernist, for whom a powerful creative stimulus was provided by the spiritual liberation and changing atmosphere during the transition from the 1950s to the 1960s.
The Sacred Modernity. Nikolai Kormashov's Paintings from the 1960s
4th floor, B-wing
The exhibition focuses on the first decade of Nikolai Kormashov's (1929–2012) work, where we find a combination that seems impossible at first glance: the work motifs and industrial views familiar from the official art of the day combined with the sacred aesthetics of icon painting.
Notes on Space. Photos by Paul Kuimet
4th floor, A-wing, Cabinet of Prints and Drawings
During the spring, summer and autumn of 2012 Paul Kuimet photographed more than 100 monumental paintings in public spaces throughout Estonia. This was the first time that the history of Estonian monumental works of art was recorded. Kuimet's photos frame the works in their urban and spatial context, while also highlighting the rise and fall of Estonian public space during the 20th century. The exhibition is comprised of selected photos.
Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art
5th floor, Gallery of Contemporary Art
From the experiments in sound culture of the first Estonian sound movies to the collaboration between Estonian composer Sven Grünberg and artist Kaarel Kurismaa, and the development of the current local sound art subculture.
The Progress of Images. Interpreting Estonian Art and Photography of the 19th-Century
3rd floor, B-wing
At this exhibition, which searches for the intersection between Estonian art and photography, one can admire the movement of motifs, parallels in composition, reality and the different forms of imitating reality, as well as the intertwining of the pictorial language and technical tools of two fields of activity focused on the recording of reality.
Art museum at the airport: sculptor Mare Mikof
Tallinn Airport's old terminal
Mare Mikof (b. 1941) is one of the most outstanding contemporary sculptors in Estonia. She came to the art scene in the early 1970s, when a new aesthetics, which touched all the areas of art, also permeated the developing sculpture. Her first creative years were influenced by hyperrealism and Pop art, which blended with her grotesque concept of the human being. To this day, the artist structures a number of her composition as humorous stagings.
Permanent Exhibition: Treasury
Classics of Estonian Art from the Beginning of the 18th Century until the End of the Second World War.
3rd floor, A-wing
The rooms of permanent exhibition are filled with the early classics of Estonian art from the 18th century until the end of the Second World War. As the exhibition moves from one topic to another - from a work of an anonymous Baltic-German portrait artist to Johann Köler, Kristjan Raud and Konrad Mägi, and on to the Group of Estonian Artists, Pallas School - a visitor can also detect cultural processes characteristic to Western Europe. The exhibition tracks down changes in the Estonian mentality as well as in art styles. It consists of both masterpieces that already have established a place in the collective memory of Estonians and works that have until now been waiting in the depositories to be displayed.
Permanent Exhibition: Difficult Choices
Estonian Art from the End of the Second World War Until Re-Independence.
4th floor, A-wing
The third floor has been occupied by art from the second half of the 20th century. This period was characterised by dramatic changes within the society. Art is one of the best and most accurate means to reflect these changes as it has the exceptional ability to display events, draw conclusions and express either approval or consent at the same time.
This floor deals in depth with the relationship between the Soviet state and art. This relationship is most vividly present in the display of post-war socialist realism. In the introduction of artistic styles and movements that follows, the exhibition discusses different artistic phenomena that took place in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s (modernism, pop art, hyper realism, etc.). The exhibition also takes under consideration the developments in national landscapists´ school and graphics.