Art

Table of Contents

  • At the crossroads of cultures

    Being open to the sea and trade due to its geographical position, Estonia has been characterised throughout the centuries by a large variety of cultures ...
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  • Identity and art

    The understanding of our identity in Estonia largely relies on our belonging to the Finno-Ugric peoples. It is a multi-faceted complex of ideas and understandings ...
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  • What we don’t have

    Occasionally, Estonian art can best be characterised by what we don’t have. It is practically impossible to find paintings of heroic historical scenes, like ...
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  • When did Estonian art begin?

    The beginning of Estonian national professional art can be considered the 19th century when Johann Köler (1826–1899), the first professional artist of Estonian origin ...
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  • Message of the Estonian avant-garde

    Thus, if one is to believe Tõnis Vint’s theory, the innermost visual self-expression of Estonians is the geometrical abstract pictorial language. Although 20th century ...
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  • Changes in mentality

    A very strong impact in Estonian art history was exercised by the Tartu art school Pallas, founded in 1919 and closed down in 1940. The ...
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  • Time of re-independence — the 1990s in art

    Although for some artists the arrival of the 1990s meant no significant changes — after all, the sun still rose in the east and set in ...
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  • Making oneself heard in the world

    With the approaching 1990s when state borders were slowly opening up, intensive cultural exchange with foreign countries started on various levels. Initially the graphic artists ...
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  • Contemporary technologies and art

    In addition to the Saaremaa biennial, another prominent international event was started in 1995 — ‘Interstanding’ or Understanding Interactivity. The programme of this undertaking was radically ...
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