Exhibitions 2008

Latvian Modernist Niklavs Strunke (1894–1966)
Niklavs Strunke (1894–1966), one of the most outstanding representatives of the 20th century Latvian avant-garde was a painter, graphic artist, book decorator, designer, theatrical artist, who boldly introduced the principles of modern stage design in Latvian theatre, but also an art critic and a successful essayist. His creative heritage and sparkling personality make him one of the greatest legends in Latvian cultural history.

Transparency. Watercolours. Kjell Ekström. Åland
Kjell Ekström (b.1961), an artist from Åland Islands, has delved into the rich opportunities of aquarelle techniques for over 20 years. He has derived his inspiration from the Åland Islands, as well as from longer painting trips to various parts of the world – Japan, Mexico, Africa, India, Vietnam, Bali, Cuba, the Mediterranean, Brasil, New Zealand, Faroe Islands and many other places – that he annually took with a small circle of watercolourist friends.

Beautiful Frame – Frame’s Beauty
The exhibition spotlights the evolution of the traditional ways of formalizing works of art. Paintings, graphic prints, pastels and their ornamental frames from the late 17th century up to the year 2006 are exposed. Throughout centuries, artists have sought for harmony between artwork and the ways it can be formalized. Interesting portraits, landscapes and still-lives starting with works from the 17th century Tallinn master Ernst Wilhelm Londicer (1655–1697) and ending up with Laurentsius, a contemporary Estonian artist, are displayed.

Adamson-Eric Museum 25. Intra-art Dialogues in the Mirror of Time
The exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Adamson-Eric Museum, on both floors of the museum building, focuses on the dialogue between the works of Adamson-Eric (1902–1968) and those of his contemporaries. It introduces several significant creative people in the Estonian art world of the first half of the 20th century, such as Eduard Wiiralt, Karin Luts, Karl Pärsimägi and Aleksander Vardi, through portraits, as well as through a comparison of their creative quests. The display also includes works added to the museum’s collections in 2008 as part of Lilian Semper’s heritage, which, along with objects of applied art, also contains a number of original designs.