In the Beginning Was the Word. Historical Bibles from Jaan Parusk’s Collection
The exhibition focuses on the Estonian-language Bible: the root text of Estonian books, literature and artistic culture. Along with its spiritual and cultural semantic field, the exhibition reveals the aesthetic world of the publication’s typography and binding art.
The exhibition features one of the most comprehensive private collections of Estonian-language religious literature, including rare examples of the first and second editions of the Estonian-language Bible. The collection, which includes publications that range from the first Estonian-language Bible published in 1739 to World War II, reflects the developments in translation traditions and the printing and binding arts. The process of interpreting biblical texts into the visual arts is illustrated by western European prints from the University of Tartu Library and the Johannes Mikkel collection.
From a Lion to a Bullfinch. Animals in Art from the Stern Family Collection
The Stern family owns Estonia’s only world-class collection featuring animals in art. The exhibition introducing the collection features animals and birds, from a lion to a bullfinch.
The most diverse characters have been captured in various techniques and materials – nature in all its diversity. Represented are such world-class artists as August Gaul, Antoine Louis Barye and Wilhelm Kuhnert. The Russian artists include Vassili Vatagin and Valentin Serov, and the works of Jaan Koort, Paul and Karl Burman, Eduard Wiiralt and many others represent Estonia’s artists. A special place in the collection is reserved for the sculptor Vitali Novikov – the portraitist of many of the residents of the Tallinn and Moscow Zoos.