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True Art or a Fake?

True Art or a Fake?

Time: 28.03.15–10.10.15  10:00–17:00
Location: Mikkel Museum

Two investigative exhibitions will open at the Kadriorg Art Museum on Friday, 27 March at 4 pm. The first is True Art or Fake?, which is curated by Greta Koppel, and the second is Art Work in Close-Up, which marks the museum’s 15th anniversary. The exhibitions provide visitors with an opportunity to look at works of art from a different angle, to see behind and through paintings, and to experience the physical nature and technical structure of sculpture.

The exhibitions, which deal with different topics, supplement each other. The first is dedicated to integrated issues related to determining whether works of art are originals, copies or fakes; the second looks at the technical and cognitive side of art.

True Art or Fake? focuses on a complicated set of problems with multiple meanings related to the definition of originals, copies and fakes. The exhibition includes 63 works of art from the permanent collections of the Kadriorg Art Museum and Mikkel Museum. Based on these works, an introduction is provided to the long and colourful history of the meaning of these concepts and how they have changed over time. “As concepts, original, copy and fake seem clearly distinguishable but, based on these works, it is often hard to draw a clear line between them. An original or copy may become a fake as time goes by, or a work thought to be a fake may turn out to be an original,” according to the curator, Greta Koppel, as she describes the discoveries and observations that the exhibition has brought to life.

Based on selected examples, Art Work in Close-Up introduces the path that many works of art traverse before arriving in the museum hall, including restoration, technical examination, the art historian’s work methods and resources, and the role that the context of the work’s creation plays in understanding it. The visitor sees how a canvas that is full of holes and blackened becomes a colourful and masterful work of art.

In a separate hall, there is a special sculpture exhibition, which was created with visually impaired people in mind. The author of the exhibition is the curator, Tiina-Mall Kreem, and the designer-restorer is Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova. Those who cannot see the sculptures can use their gloved hands to feel the marble and bronze copies created by 18th and 19th century artists who were inspired by and copied the master sculptors of antiquity. They will also be able to read texts in Braille that tell the stories of the artists and the antique gods depicted in their works.

Art Work in Close-Up is part of the Art Speaks to Everyone programme, marking the 15th year of the museum’s operation, which strives to bring the works of the Old Masters closer to today’s museum visitors. Besides the exhibition, the programme also includes a creative series of meetings called “Conversations with Art”, where representatives from different walks of life – actors, chefs, scientists, writers etc. – talk about art and their museum experiences. There are also programmes for disabled people and training for those working at all Estonian museums, the objective of which is to bring museums closer and make them more accessible to everyone who needs special attention.

True Art or Fake? 28 March – 4 October 2015
Curator: Greta Koppel
Designer: Kätlin Tischler

Art Work in Close-Up 28 March – 4 October 2015
Curators: Greta Koppel, Aleksandra Murre and Tiina-Mall Kreem
Designers: Tuuli Aule and Isabel Aaso Zahradnikova
Conservators: Jelena Jurjeva, Alar Nurkse, Hilkka Hiiop, Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova and Aleš Zahradnik

Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Council of the Gambling Tax in Estonia

For more information:
Greta Koppel
tel: 601 3430, 58849 9949

Paulus Pontius after P. P. Rubens. Old Woman and a Boy with Candles. Ca 1621–1633. Art Museum of Estonia