Exhibitions 2013

Creative Dialogue. The Artist Couple Mari Adamson and Adamson-Eric
For the first time, the story of the legendary artist couple Mari Adamson (1908–2000) and Adamson-Eric (1902–1968) will be examined at a joint exhibition. The exhibition focuses on the mutually supporting dialogue between two strong creative individuals in their work and life.

A glance is also cast at the circle of friends of these creative people, their home and their body of work. The exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Adamson-Eric Museum. The museum was founded in 1983 as a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, with the support of a very generous gift from the professor and textile artist Mari Adamson, in which she donated the best of Adamson-Eric’s oeuvre to the museum. The project Creative Dialogue. The Artist Couple Mari Adamson and Adamson-Eric is also included in the programme of the Estonian Year of Cultural Heritage 2013.

The Denizens of the Estonia Theatre in Fine Arts
The exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Estonia Theatre building and is a part of a larger series of cultural and other events. The exhibition and its accompanying programme were prepared in cooperation with the Estonian National Opera, the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum, and the Estonia Society. On display are works of art that introduce people who have been associated with the Estonia Theatre for the last century.

Along with paintings, works of graphic art and sculptures, it is possible to get more information about the artists and to hear and see their performances based on the materials from various archives and museums. During the three months of the exhibition, many discussion evenings will take place, where the artists and specialists working in the Estonia Theatre building today will bring added value to the cosy museum environment.

Jessie Churchill: Slot
An exhibition in the courtyard of the Adamson-Eric Museum
Jessie Churchill currently studies sculpture at Central Saint Martins, England. Jessie’s practice brings painting into a 3d context. The paintings on display connect together to make changeable sculptures, which react to their surroundings. The abstract shapes are drawn from the reflections seen in the windows of the Adamson Eric museum courtyard.

Viljandi Painter Juhan Muks (1899–1983)
The work of Juhan Muks, Adamson-Eric’s contemporary, is characterised by in-depth colour exploration, and has preserved its freshness until the present day. This exhibition, which has a retrospective bent, includes his finest works from the Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum and Viljandi Museum, as well as from private collections.

Juhan Muks was an Estonian artist who became an original creator, by advancing his art education in the art schools of Tallinn, Tartu and Riga, as well as in free academies in Paris. The artistic innovations of the 20th century mostly got their initial impetus from France, and Muks visited the country repeatedly before World War II. He was most captivated by the richness of the means of expression in painting, by colour as a medium more generally, and by sensitively styled nature motifs.

Sumi-e. Traditional Japanese Ink Wash Painting
The exhibition introduces one of the most interesting and nuanced facets of traditional Japanese art: ink wash painting, with its various trends and possibilities of expression. The exhibition, which was compiled especially for the Adamson-Eric Museum, was prepared in cooperation with the International Sumi-e Association. Several Japanese artists who belong to the association are represented in the exhibition.

In the spring of 2013, a book of haikus dedicated to the memory of Andres Ehin will be published simultaneously with the exhibition. In the publication, a dialogue will be established between the haikus and the ink wash paintings of Kinsui Katori, the president of the International Sumi-e Association, and will include special haigas that illustrate Ehin’s haikus, in which the pictorial message of the ink paintings are combined into an integrated visual whole with the haiku texts. Some of them will also be exhibited at the Adamson-Eric Museum. The exhibition continues the long-term series of projects introducing classical Japanese art forms.