2 + 2 = 5



Danish-Estonian joint project.


The exhibition project, which was born out of a proposal by the Danish ambassador, Kirsten Geelan, one year ago as a result of a partnership agreement, introduces the creation of two modern artists from Denmark and that of two active artists in Estonia, who work with similar materials. The common ingredients are contacts, associations and intertwining. The exhibition also includes timeless textiles, jewellery and metal works by Adamson-Eric. Hence the somewhat intriguing title of the project: “2 + 2 = 5”.


The artists involved in the project, Karin Röh and Lorilea Jaderborg from Denmark and Katrin Pere and Urve Küttner from Estonia, met for the first time in September 2008 in Tallinn. The modern part of the display includes works from the previous year. Precious stones, precious metals, amber, simple natural stones and various textile materials (linen, wool, silk, synthetic fibres etc.) have been used. The originality of the creation is due to the specific authorial techniques the artists have used.


From time to time, contacts between artists and other people, as well as the intertwining of cultures, have created new values both in human relationships and in the creative biographies of different authors. In the context of the given project, it is noteworthy that on Easter day 1924 young Adamson-Eric travelled from Berlin to Paris, encouraged by his Danish co-student Eric Ochs, who travelled with him. Unfortunately, we have no information about the other man’s destiny in the world of art. But the young man who in 1927 adopted the pseudonym of Adamson-Eric had close contacts with Paris for the next ten years. Later, working again in Estonia, he became a unique leader in the local artistic life, as well as a beloved teacher and an innovative creator, whose artistic pursuits as a designer of textile and toreutics are still appreciated.


The exhibition will be open until 23 August 2009.

The curators of the Danish-Estonian joint project “2 + 2 = 5” are Ülle Kruus and Kersti Koll from the Adamson-Eric Museum, the designer of the exhibition is Peeter Pere, and the designer of the publications is Tuuli Aule.

The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Cultural Foundation, the Danish Embassy, and the Danish Cultural Institute. The grand supporter of the Adamson-Eric Museum is OÜ Rimess.

The exhibition is accompanied by several public and educational programs and workshops, which have been coordinated by Liisi Lauer.

April 27 – May 31
Educational program “Patterns of Fabric” for kindergarten and school children

May 7 at 4 pm
Creative workshop for adults, supervised by the artist Urve Küttner

June 4 at 3 pm
“Sweet Old Items”. A workshop for adults, supervised by the textile artist Katrin Pere

June 3–5 from 12 pm to 4 pm
Entertainment program for the whole family organised as part of the Tallinn Old Town Days.

July 28–30
Summer art studio “Stories of Nature” for children 7 to 12 years of age