Colours of the Golden Age. Classical Estonian Painting from Enn Kunila’s Collection
On Thursday, 20 March Colours of the Golden Age. Classical Estonian Painting from Enn Kunila’s Collection will open at the Mikkel Museum in Kadriorg. The exhibition introduces visitors to one of the most noteworthy collections in Estonia and works by Estonia’s most beloved artists from the first half of the 20th century.
“Enn Kunila’s exhibition, which brings a vast number of great artworks by Estonian artists from the beginning of the 20th century to two floors of the Mikkel Museum, will open a new page for the museum,” said Aleksandra Murre, the director of the museum. “Especially appreciated is the work done prior to the exhibition that gives us the opportunity to present the material in a fascinating way to visitors of all ages.”
Colours of the Golden Age focuses on the period from 1910 to 1945. The exhibition, which is located on two floors of the Mikkel Museum, includes 50 works by the best Estonian painters: Konrad Mägi, Nikolai Triik, Ants Laikmaa, Ado Vabbe, Endel Kõks, Richard Uutmaa and many others. The works can conceptually be divided into three parts: landscapes of the homeland, views of nature painted abroad, and works portraying people.
Enn Kunila is an art collector whose collection got its start decades ago. The core of the collection is comprised of classic Estonian paintings from the first half of the 20th century, with a special emphasis on the oeuvre of Konrad Mägi. Through the years, Kunila has organised numerous exhibitions in various locations in Estonia, as well as at the Kunsthalle Helsinki, and last autumn at the European Parliament building in Brussels. The exhibition organised in 2010 at the Tallinn Art Hall was especially successful. In addition, Kunila has published almost a dozen art books based on his collection and has helped to publish the monographs of Estonian painters.
An important aspect of the exhibition is education: for the first time in Estonia, an interactive multimedia programme will be available to visitors which utilises tablet computers that the visitors can borrow from the museum. The aim of the Journey in the Golden Age programme is to unveil the background of the exhibition by providing interesting additional information to art lovers of all ages.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue compiled by the curator Eero Epner, as well as a story and colouring book called Fish Net and Milk Can.
Starting at 1 pm on Saturday, 22 March, the public is invited take part in excursions and a programme for children and young people. At 2 pm, visitors will have the opportunity to meet with the collector Enn Kunila.
At 6 pm on Wednesday, 2 April, introductions to the exhibition will be provided by Kadri Asmer (in Estonian) and Aleksandra Murre (in Russian), within the framework of the Late Wednesdays at Kadriorg series.
In addition, public lectures in the Saturday Academy series will be held for art and culture lovers. There will also be an opportunity at the exhibition to meet the artists Tiit Pääsukese and Kaido Ole, as well as the gallerist Piia Ausman and collector Enn Kunila.
Exhibition curator: Eero Epner
Exhibition designer: Tõnis Saadoja
Exhibition and catalogue graphic designer: Martin Pedanik
Exhibition sponsors: Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Tallink, NG Investments, Liviko, Balbiino, Kitman Thulema, Tallinna Kaubamaja, Selver, Tartu Kaubamaja, Viking Motors and Bowling Club Kuulsaal
Colours of the Golden Age. Classical Estonian Painting from Enn Kunila’s Collection will be open at the Mikkel Museum until 7 September 2014.