The exhibition hosted by the Estonian National Museum is an opportunity to see works by the leading early 20th century painters. Seventy paintings are on display, with landscapes chief among them and revealing the artists’ close and energy-charged relationship with nature. They are complemented by portraits and still lifes, along with scenes of town life. More than one-quarter of the paintings are works by Konrad Mägi. Other artists include Nikolai Triik, Johannes Võerahansu, Ants Laikmaa, Eerik Haamer, Endel Kõks and several others.
The title of the exhibition, Beauty of Colours, refers to the fact that for most painters, colour was the most important element, used for emotional impact, and for decorative, psychological and dramatic purposes. Through colour, artists expressed their internal feelings, charged their compositions with energy and sought harmonious transitions. In many works, colour is released of the duty of depiction and the expanses of colour seem independent. The artists’ multifaceted brushwork techniques are also on display.
The exhibition is accompanied by an educational programme of considerable scale.
The exhibition space includes information displays with biographies of the artists and a large catalogue was also published. The cinema hall hosts screenings of a new film by Marianne Kõrver, Beauty of Colours: Highlights from the History of Estonian Painting.
There are tours led by the curator and a guide as well as talks with the collector. The exhibition is curated by Eero Epner, designed by Tõnis Saadoja, and coordinated by Maris Kunila. The graphic design, including the catalogue, is done by Angelika Schneider, and the education programme is led by Mary-Ann Talvistu. For more information on the exhibition, visit the National Museum website.