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538.t1.jpg The appropriateness of modern art in a historic manor interior

Art has been an inseparable part of manor interiors. Due to their representative function, manor houses had to be luxuriously furnished. Manor lords displayed numerous works of artistic value, which had to convey the owner’s wealth and patronage. Walls were covered by paintings and interiors were overflowing with works. The portraits of forefathers and landscapes could be found inside of gold frames lavishly decorated with ornaments. The majority of the former grandeur has since disappeared. Despite that fact, manor ensembles have retained their dignity because of their historic heritage. 

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537.t1.jpg Landscapes of Estonian Manors. Art project by Haus Gallery, Mall Nukke and Corelli Music

An exhibition of paintings by Mall Nukke, titled Eesti Mõisamaastikud (Landscapes of Estonian Manors), will be open in the Lihula manor house from 5 July to 5 August, and is an innovative part of the legendary series of concerts titled Estonian Manors 2017. A tour of the manor will take place on 27 July at 17.00, an hour before the first concert is set to begin, in which the artist will provide an introduction to the exhibition. Proceeds from the sale of the paintings will be used to support the last venue to host the series of concerts, the Hummuli Manor School.

See the pictures in the catalogue or directly in the auction site.

On the picture: Mall Nukke. Still-life with Estonian Weather III, Lihula Manor. 

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531.t1.jpg Time of Celebration - exhibition full of life by Finnish naivists

On 20 June at 5 PM, the joint exhibition “Celebration Time” of the Finnish artists Raija Nokkala and Katja Mesikämmen will be opened at Haus Gallery. It is a symbolic way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland, the approaching Midsummer, life in general, and every single moment within it. The colourful and naivistic exhibition is supplemented by the topical installation of the Estonian artist Jüri Mildeberg.

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535.t1.jpg Shared world. The Baltic states in Europe, through the prism of art.

I honestly have to admit that the subject of the Baltic states has always been a source of intrigue and questions for me. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania!? A neighbourly and common part of the Baltic Sea. Geographical proximity, a market divided in many ways, branches and retail chains of the same companies in each of the country’s capitals. Joint discussions, possible shared economic and cultural platforms, parallel groups, and also some exhibitions. However, it seems that emotionally everyone stands on their own.

On the picture: Vilhelms Purvitis. Bloom

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534.t1.jpg Venice Biennial – living myth

In the world of contemporary art, the Venice Biennial is one keyword that everyone knows. Representation at the Biennial is a kind of national duty and opportunity, just like the Olympics or Eurovision. It is a landmark, used to measure the maturity and status of the artist and the country he/she represents.

On the picture: Damien Hirst. The Fate of A Banished Man

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525.t1.jpg Art in restaurants

Art and taverns have in some ways been linked throughout the centuries. Taverns, restaurants and cafés are places for communication, places for meeting up, places that create an atmosphere where many artists, writers and musicians have stood for their principles, let their ideas fly, and found people who think the same way.

On the picture: Sketch London W1

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526.t1.jpg Haus Gallery at ArtVilnius ´17

Okapi Gallery, Haus Gallery, the Estonian Union of Photography Artists and Noar, a web platform for contemporary art, are participating in ArtVilnius, taking place from June 8th to June 11th, 2017.

On the picture: Maarit Murka. Mindroom IX. 2017

Press release by: Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center

 

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523.t1.jpg August Künnapu. Assortii / Babylon

On Tuesday, 9 May at 18 the exhibition „Assortii / Babylon by August Künnapu will be opened at Haus Gallery. It has a springly fresh taste that consists of colorful characters, both animals and humans.

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521.t1.jpg Seven different moments of spring with Meru

A month ago, Marko Mäetamm, inspired by Yulian Semyonov, drew a comic on the topic of "Seventeen Moments of Spring", one moment amongst others being "the shooting in London". One can fortunately say that the capital of the UK offers different moments as well – moments in the midst of art. While one has to escape from the bullets, then art is often something, which, in spite of escaping, blossoms vernally.

On the picture: Meriliis Rinne in her studio, in London. Photo: David McConaghy

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519.t1.jpg Haus Gallery's XLI art classics auction - Champion returned home and set a record

On Friday, April 21 the 41st art classics auction took place in the Haus Gallery. Amongst other works also the sculpture called „Champion“ by Amandus Adamson was sold, that meaning the long lost cultural value to return and stay in the homeland. The hammer price – 57 200 euros – is gallery’s auction record of post Estonian Kroon times.

On the picture: Amandus Adamson. Champion (Georg Lurich)

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518.t1.jpg How to evaluate artistic photography? The nine lives of gold medallist Tõnu Noorits

Kaupo Kikkas, photographer

Photographer Tõnu Noorits is a great example of dedication to photography. With his works and artistic achievements Noorits convinces us to take a real look at the art of photography. To see its aesthetic capacity in delivering a message that is deeper than just a moment captured in time. Noorits has been thoroughly engaged with a very wide range of topics in photography. His staged photography deserves a special mention in its simultaneous spontaneity and organisation.

On the picture: Tõnu Noorits. A Little Cyclist

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515.t1.jpg Eduard Wiiralt. Scene on the Street

Järvi Pust, gallerist at Haus Gallery

Eduard Wiiralt (1898–1954) had been away from Estonia for six years by 1931. Most of that time was spent in Paris and near it, if one does not count the three-week trip to Italy. The pulse of big city life, contact with other artists and never-ending work in very different techniques had by that time moulded him into a technically skilled artist with a sharp eye and a sensible nerve, about whom the French author and art critic André Salmon has written: “Astonishing graphic artist, not recognised so much by his courage in topics but rather the rare ability to fend off the opportunities.” This quote also nicely characterises the human nature of Wiiralt and the complexity of being an artist. 

On the picture: Eduard Wiiralt. Scene on the Street.

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516.t1.jpg Paul Burman. Landscape with a Fisherman

Järvi Pust, gallerist at Haus Gallery

Paul Burman (1888–1934), the brother of Karl Burman Senior, obtained artistic training from such numerous and different sources that it would have been sufficient for several people. After graduating from Tallinn Secondary School of Science (then called Tallinn Peter’s School of Science), he studied at the atelier class of Ants Laikmaa, took classes in the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in the animal painting class of Roubaud and educated himself further in Moscow, Riga and Paris. When studying his work in-depth, one can find traces and symbols of what he learned from each of these schools, but, first and foremost, the reflections of an artist with a unique view of the world, depicting what he has experienced and lived though. Regardless of the topic matter of the work, he is recognisable by his sensitive, but bold brush strokes and art historians have dubbed him both the first Estonian impressionist and animalist.

On the picture: Paul Burman. Landscape with a Fisherman

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517.t1.jpg Raivo Korstnik. Red Kunda

Järvi Pust, gallerist at Haus Gallery

Raivo Korstnik (1932–1992) is definitely a phenomenon by himself on the Estonian art scene. Precisely “by himself”, as on one side he was known and respected in the art circles, but on the other, the exhibitions he participated in during his lifetime can be counted on one hand. Having graduated from the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR in 1957, in addition to his creative work he was active in several fields that were connected, in one way or another (either as an artist at Estonian National Television or the Tallinn Cinema Studio), to art, but it was his teaching work (Tallinn Culture University, Tallinn Pedagogical Institute, the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR) that was the most important thing to him during his life. His most prolific creative period was definitely the 1960s, when he developed his signature style as an artist.

On the picture: Raivo Korstnik. Red Kunda

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514.t1.jpg Edgar Valter. A Summer Night’s Dream

Järvi Pust, gallerist at Haus Gallery

Edgar Valter (1929–2006) is a familiar name to almost every Estonian and they definitely know more than just his name, because as a book illustrator he has given looks visible to the eye to a number of characters, who have been companions for many generations during their years of growing up and often even later. As an artist, Edgar Valter was a completely self-taught person. He graduated a non-complete high school (6–7 years) as a child of a large family in 1945 in Tallinn, and his working life started immediately after that. He worked as a sailor, painter and in many other valuable positions as well.

On the picture: Edgar Valter. A Summer Night’s Dream

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513.t1.jpg About the spiritual life of art business

Piia Ausman, head of Haus Gallery

One of the clearest and most read tools of the art business is the art auction. There are more auctions in today’s world than we can guess. These have become one of the most common and sure ways to sell and buy art.

On the picture: Gerhard Richter's „Abstraktes Bild“ at the Sotheby’s auction . Photo: Sotheby’s

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496.t1.jpg Art of Blue, Black and White

Triinu Soikmets, gallerist and curator at Haus Gallery

The reflection of the blue sky on lake water, black soil, and white birch bark. Loyalty to ideals, an ethnic coat, and a spiritual light. Both sets of triplets represent the current – the tricolour raised in honour of the birthday of the Republic. These three colours, which 99 years ago symbolized freedom and sanctity, have been brought out once again after being under the red floor, and not only. These can now be freely played with.

On the picture: Mall Nukke, "Exercise With the Blue I-II"

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498.t1.jpg Glass Cluster Game

Triinu Soikmets, gallerist and curator at Haus Gallery

If optimists see the glass as half full and pessimists see it as half empty, then for the realist, the glass is always a glass and if there is something inside, then it is obviously full. There are undoubtedly optimists, pessimists as well as realists amongst artists, but let us this time allow literal glass artists to speak on the topic of glass.

On the picture: Andra Jõgis’ “Letters home” and Laurentsius’ “Mapplethorpe calla III-2” (fragment). Photo: Rait Lõhmus

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500.t1.jpg Tallinn Tuesday gallery evening on March 28

TMW Arts, organized by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC), will host a gallery evening called Tallinn Tuesday with a special program and extended opening hours on March 28 from 5pm to 9pm. The program will start at Haus Gallery where is possible to meet artist Mall Nukke and visit her exhibition "TriColorGames".

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503.t1.jpg Five hours at five galleries

Triinu Soikmets, gallerist and curator at Haus Gallery

Would you like to be up to date with contemporary art but there are too many places this could be seen at? Would you like to understand what you are looking at better, but conceptual art works and deep philosophical wall texts make your head ache? There is a solution for this problem – a number of galleries can be visited in one night within the framework of Tallinn Tuesdays, in which artists and gallerists introduce their exhibitions, and in a few cases they are also accompanied by musicians.

On the picture: Niña Yhared, "Via Baltic" at Okapi Gallery. Photo: Kadi-Ell Tähiste

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504.t1.jpg The forest portraits of Jane Remm

On Friday, 31 March at 18, “Forest. Portraits.” – the exhibition by the painter Jane Remm – will open at Haus Gallery. The successive protagonist of the enchanting paintings is the forest in its different forms, its rhythms, wild mazes, and a closer look has been given to single stems.

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494.t1.jpg Sculpture Story

Järvi Pust, gallerist and art consultant at Haus Gallery

“You know it is so difficult with sculptures,” I say to one of the respected sculptors of Estonia, who has come to show his work in the gallery. “Yes, it is like a crop failure,” he sighs back. Of course generalization is very foolish and there are definitely sculptors whose works people line up to see, but I feel as if an Estonian does not know what to do with a sculpture.

On the picture: Rait Prääts, “Oskar C8”

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