Dora Gordine. Sculptor, Artist, Designer – Tallinn – Estonia

Dora Gordine - Chinese Head - Chinese Philosopher

From April 14 to August 5, 2012 – Adamson-Eric Museum

The work produced between 1924 and 1933 by Dora Gordine (1895(?)–1991), an artist with a fascinating destiny who was also linked with Estonia, is presented together with interior views of Dorich House, which she designed.

A major exhibition celebrating the colourful life and times of a woman once hailed as one of the finest female sculptors in the world o. This retrospective lifts the lid on sculptor, artist and designer Dora Gordine’s creative genius and flamboyant personality, giving members of the public unparalleled access to her work

Dora Gordine - Seated Female

escribed as fearless, feisty and with a voice like Zsa Zsa Gabor, Latvian-born Gordine first rose to prominence in Paris during the 1920s. Known in her heyday as much for her love of the high life as she was for her phenomenal talent, Gordine travelled the globe before eventually marrying into the aristocracy and settling in Kingston upon Thames in South West London in 1936. She quickly established herself as a darling of the capital’s cultural set, famous for her nude sculptures and stylish dinner parties. All that changed, however, when her husband, scholar the Hon. Richard Hare died suddenly in 1966. Grief-stricken, Gordine withdrew from the social whirl of the capital’s arts scene to become a virtual recluse until her own death in 1991.

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Fiction in the Baltics – A group exhibition – Tallinn – Estonia


From October 8 to November 20, 2011 – Tallinn Art Hall Foundation

The exhibition is a part of the project Re:Searching the Baltics, aimed at reviewing photography used by Baltic artists born in the 1970–80s. Grown up in the shift of two eras, this generation still has vivid memories from the early Soviet childhood, mixed with the experience from the teen years in rapidly changing Post-Soviet environment. The experience of this local fin de siècle gave the generation a specific commonness, clearly separating them from earlier and later, entirely Post-Soviet, generations.

The late 1980s was also the time when Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania stronger identified themselves as the Baltics. The three countries that had no common history neither identity before the beginning of the 20th century engaged into common political movements. The Baltics had to generate their identity as a place, since before they were mere a part of the Soviet Union for the rest of the world.

The project aims at asking what it means to be a generation related by the particular place. Does the place generate us, or do we generate our place? Does the geopolitical unity of the region implicate commonalities in the art as well? What is the common memory of generation and how does it show in its imagery? What kind of common experiences, real or fictive, could we trace in works of one artists’ generation?

The exhibition has several interconnected thematic layers: the status of documentary as a genre, photographic thinking about time and place, looking for specific qualities of the local, common features of the generation and its specific way of using still and moving photography in contemporary art.

At the same time there is a need for contextualisation of different photographic practices in the Baltics. All the participating artists have shown their works in the West but never came together at exhibition to tell a sited narrative. Images at the exhibition let one experience the local fiction stories as well as the imprints of the memory.

In the end of 2011, the project is going to sum up with a publication representing more extensive research including texts and images.

Tallinn Month of Photography is a festival of lens-based art organized by Union of Photography Artists in Estonia. The main program of the Month of Photography will take place in October 2011 and consists of exhibitions and events that seek to thematize the possibilities, limits and spatial relations of lens-based art. Tallinn Month of Photography is part of the program of Tallinn European Capital of Culture 2011

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Forever Feminine, Johannes Greenberg, Ferdi Sannamees – Tallinn – Estonia

Johannes Greenberg (1887 – 1951) Igavesti naiselik. 1943 Õli, vineer Eesti Kunstimuuseum Forever Feminine. 1943 Oil, plywood Art Museum of Estonia

Until the 13th of November 2011 – Adamson-Eric Museum – Art Museum of Estonia

The exhibition Forever Feminine  at the Adamson-Eric Museum, displays the part of the oeuvres of the painter Johannes Greenberg and the sculptor Ferdi Sannamees that values the eternally beautiful and harmonious aspects of femininity.

The exhibition clearly reflects the dynamic of the modernist tendencies of the first half of the 20th century, and highlights the unique work of two Estonian artists, Johannes Greenberg and Ferdi Sannamees. Both masters expressed the complex spiritual states of their portrayed people in a psychologically convincing and artistically remarkable way throughout their lives.

The talents of Johannes Greenberg (1887–1951) and Ferdi Sannamees (1895–1963) were supplemented by their study environments. After the acquisition of art education in their homeland, both artists had direct contacts with the various art centres of Europe. Munich, Dresden, Moscow and Paris are only a few of the metropolises where they studied, lived and showed their work.

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Art Museum of Estonia – Tallinn – Estonia

Main building of the Art Museum of Estonia � Kumu. Architect: Pekka Vapaavuori. Photo: Kaido Haagen

The Art Museum of Estonia was founded on November 17th, 1919, but it was not until 1921 that it got its first permanent building – the Kadriorg Palace, built in the 18th century. In 1929 the palace was expropriated from the Art Museum in order to rebuild it as the residence of the President of Estonia. The Art Museum of Estonia was housed in several different temporary spaces, until it moved back to the palace in 1946. In September, 1991 the Kadriorg Palace was closed, because it had totally deteriorated by then. At the end of the year the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia decided to guarantee the construction of a new building for the Art Museum of Estonia in Kadriorg. Until then the Knighthood House at Toompea Hill served as the temporary main building of the Art Museum of Estonia. The exhibition there was opened on April 1, 1993. The Art Museum of Estonia premanently closed down the exhibitions in that building in October 2005.

At the end of the 1970s, in the 1980s the first branches of the Art Museum of Estonia were founded. Starting from the 1995 all the branches offer different educational programmes for children and young people.  In 1996 the exhibition hall on the first floor of Rotermann Salt Storage was opened, this branch was closed in May 2005. In summer 2000 the restored Kadriorg Palace was opened, but not as the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia, but as a branch. Kadriorg Art Museum now exhibits the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia.

At present there are five active branches of the Art Museum of Estonia: Kadriorg Art Museum (Kadriorg Palace and Mikkel Museum), Niguliste Museum, Adamson-Eric Museum, and Kumu Art Museum (the new main building of the Art Museum of Estonia)

For the first time during its nearly 100-year-old history, the Art Museum of Estonia has a building that both meets the museum’s requirements and is worthy of  Estonian art in its collections. Kumu Art Museum is a multifunctional art museum that includes exhibition halls, an auditorium that offers diverse possibilities, and an education centre for children and art lovers of all ages.

The collection that consists of  58 825 pieces is displayed in the following branches:


  • the permanent exhibition of classics of Estonian art (18th century – II World War),  the permanent exhibition of Estonian art from 1945-1991 and contemporary art at Kumu Art Museum;
  • Niguliste Museum

  • ecclesiastical Medieval and Baroque art from the period between 13th –18th century, silverware of guilds, craft corporations, Brotherhood of the Black Heads and churches at Niguliste Museum;

    Kadriorg Art Museum;

  • European and Russian art from the period between 16th –20th century in the Kadriorg Palace, and a valuable collection of the 16th –20th c. art from Western Europe, Russia and China, donated to the museum by Johannes Mikkel, at Mikkel Museum – at Kadriorg Art Museum;
  • Adamson-Eric Museum

  • Art of Adamson-Eric (1902–1968), one of the most outstanding Estonian painters of the 20th century, at Adamson-Eric Museum

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