Two great exhibits to visit this month.
In conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of the Estonia Theatre, the Adamson- Eric Museum is housing an exhibit called “The Denizens of the Estonia Theatre in Fine Arts.” The artworks on view are mainly portraits of various cultural figures associated with the Estonia Theatre from its beginning in 1906 throughout the twentieth century. Portraits by top Estonian artists such as Ants Laikmaa, Nikolai Triik, Felix Randel, and Johannes Greenberg are some of the exhibition’s highlights. Along with each work is a description not only of the person in the photo, but their most well known performances at the Estonia. The second floor also has an array of books documenting the history of the Estonia Theatre as well as the opportunity to listen to opera performances of its most well known singers, including excerpts by belo- ved opera singer Georg Ots. “The Denizens of the Estonia Theatre in Fine Arts” proves the strength of Adamson-Eric Museum, as a continued site for some of the most innovative art exhibitions in Tallinn. The exhibit is open until 24 November 2013.
A turn towards an older era of art has also taken place across Tallinn in Kadriorg, where the Kadriorg Art Museum is currently featuring the exhibit “When the Artist Met Clio: Historical Scenes from the Nineteenth Century”. The exhibit focuses on history paintings by mainly Baltic German, Estonian, Latvian, and Russian artists, but also artists from elsewhere. The focus on the nineteenth century is a welcome change both for the Kadriorg Art Museum, which typically focuses on the early modern era, as well as within the KUMU system as well, which has a tendency to focus prima- rily on the twentieth century. History buffs should try to stop by and see the exhibit at Kadriorg by 9 March 2014.
Lühike jalg 3, Tallinn Old Town
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Denizens of the Estonia Theatre in Fine Arts on display until 24 November 2013.
Kadriorg Art Museum
Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn B4. Closed Mondays. When the Artist Met Clio: Historical Scenes from the Nineteenth Century on display until 9 March 2014.
TEXT: BART C. PUSHAW, PHOTOS: ANDREI CHERTKOV