On the Stage and on the Canvas
The exhibition juxtaposes the fine art created by early 20th-century Estonian artists with art created for the theatrical stage. The wish of professional theatres established in the early 20th century to have visually high quality stage sets, and the interest of artists in the modernist and expressionist means of expression that were quickly adopted by theatrical art, encouraged such artists as Roman Nyman, Peet Aren and Henrik Olvi to experiment in this field. The exhibition illustrates how the new movements manifested themselves and if and how the artists’ paintings and theatrical art impacted each other. Curator: Kerttu Männiste.
Adamson-Eric (1902–1968) is one of the most outstanding Estonian painters of the 20th century. He also devoted much of his time to applied art, working in nearly all the branches of this realm. The museum’s permanent exhibition consists of a display of Adamson-Eric’s works (painting, ceramics, porcelain painting, leather art, metal forms, jewellery, decorative tiles, textile, and furniture).
Adamson-Eric’s idiosyncratic paintings and pieces of applied art are characterized by elegance, refined colours and a brilliant esprit. His aesthetic principles are based on the French painting traditions. At the same time, his art is closely connected with the local Northern environment and the traditions of Estonian national art. His pieces of applied art are unique, in a style close to art deco, but are still usable objects. Adamson-Eric’s abundant work reflects the development of Estonian fine and applied art during more than forty years.