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“Joy in the Heart of the City”. Exhibition at the Tallinn Town Hall

Paintings exhibited at the Tallinn Town Hall at the exhibition “Joy in the Heart of the City. Paintings from Enn Kunila’s Collectionoriginate from the period from 1910 to 1945 (the so-called golden age of Estonian art). The exhibited works are by outstanding masters of colours of Estonian art: Konrad Mägi, Ants Laikmaa, Nikolai Triik, Paul Burman, Ado Vabbe, Herbert Lukk, Villem Ormisson, Elmar Kits and other artists.

All of the paintings that will be put on display consider the perception of life common to the auteurs from very different perspectives: the feeling that life is worth living. As is characteristic of older Estonian paintings, the feeling of joy ordinarily comes from nature scenes. The auteurs’ feeling of belonging closely together with nature is reflected in their paintings, where beauty, joy, acceptance and comfort are found in nature. Alongside nature scenes, several portraits will also be on display. Yet urban scenes have also not been left out, one of which is Paul Burman’s work depicting Tallinn’s Town Hall Square.

Most of the paintings originate from the first period of Estonian independence, thus forming a mental connection to today. The exhibition that will be held at Tallinn’s Town Hall will bring a new stratum to the Town Hall’s historical interiors that is appropriate to the centenary year – art from the time when Estonia gained its independence, making the classics of Estonian art resound together with the historical Town Hall building. Carefully selected works are appropriate for just this context, bringing not only the joy of colour to the rooms, but also an aura characteristic of that era, and adding an important chapter from Estonia’s own European art history.

This exhibition will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia and the passing of 100 years since Tallinn became the capital of the Republic of Estonia.


The curator of the exhibition is Eero Epner and its designer is Tõnis Saadoja. The exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in Estonian and English, with its layout by the designer Tiit Jürna.


The exhibition at Tallinn Town Hall will be held 15.02.-01.05.2018

The information about educational and public programs will be available from 1. February at