Estonian art

Estonian contemporary art premiers in Barcelona

The contemporary artwork of Estonian and Spanish artists, called The Hypnotist Collector, is to be presented in Barcelona, Spain, from 6-27 June. The Hypnotist Collector is an exhibition that, according to the artists, “explores persuasive communication as a topic” and is an “object of reflection and creative strategy for Spanish …

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Art exhibition “Traces” at the Estonian Embassy in Berlin

Art exhibition “Traces” brings two Estonian artists to Berlin – for the first time, Mari Roosvalt and Mara Ljutjuk present their work in the German capital. This vernissage is a part of an exhibition series started in autumn 2011, which presents well-sped contemporary artists. The exhibition opened on 8 April …

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New York-based Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna exhibits in Italy for the first time

Estonian-born, New York-based artist Jaanika Peerna has had her work exhibited in Italy for the first time. For the exhibition in Ravenna, Peerna transformed the three large gallery spaces into an all-encompassing site-specific installation using large-scale graphite drawings on mylar and video projections. The theme of the exhibition is “advances …

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“All the good things in Estonia” – through the eyes of children (drawings)

The Estonian President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, recently invited Estonian children to take part in an art competition, “All the Good Things in Estonia”. Almost 12,000 drawings were submitted from all over the country. “With your child, think about what makes Estonia a good place in which to live. We can …

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Surrealist painter Navitrolla: only ideas remain

Heiki Trolla, better known by his artist name Navitrolla, is among the most well known Estonian artists whose work has been described as naivist or surrealist. Most of his works depict fantastic landscapes and animals. He spent his childhood in the villages of Trolla and Navi near the Estonian town of Võru, which is …

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“Love in the 21st Century” – three days of Estonian art in New York City

“Love in the 21st Century”, an exhibition by the Estonian Lithography Centre, displayed the works of eleven renowned Estonian contemporary artists: Kadri Alesmaa, Peeter Allik, Toomas Altnurme, Merike Estna, Kadri Kangilaski, Laurentsius, Marko Mäetamm, Mall Nukke, Reiu Tüür, Jaak Visnap and Jasper Zoova. The Estonian Lithography Centre and Kristi Roosmaa Tootell, …

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From Syria to Saaremaa – Estonian artist Igor Ziko in search of the “Force”

Igor Ziko is a freelance interior designer and artist from Tallinn, Estonia. His work has been shown in numerous galleries in Tallinn, and most recently in the Toompea castle where Estonia’s parliament assembles. His current solo exhibition, “Waiting for Borea”, at the New York Estonian House will be on display …

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Jazz vibes on canvas – Arvo Wichmann’s solo exhibition opens in Berlin

The Estonian Embassy in Berlin is housing an exhibition of paintings by the Berlin-based Estonian jazz photographer and painter Arvo Wichmann. Born in 1976 in Tallinn, Wichmann’s artistic talent was discovered in his childhood and he went to an art school for children in Tallinn. However, life took a different …

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Peko in Pop Culture: graphic artist Kristjan Ait re-creates the ancient Estonian God Peko

Peko, oh Pekokõnõ,  hoia sa mee vil’akõist, kaitse mee kar’akõist, varja mee majja, elämist! Peko, oh Pekokõnõ, Saada sa suvvi, päästa päivi, Ekä (iga) loodu loomakõist, Peko, oh Pekokõnõ! Peko, oh little Peko, guard our crop, protect our herd, shield our house, our life! Peko, oh little Peko, send summers, …

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New York-based artist Jaanika Peerna: Appreciating the shades of grey

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist living in a small village in the scenic Hudson River Valley, about an hour from New York. She has exhibited her work extensively in New York as well as in Paris, Tallinn, Lisbon, Sofia, Dubai, Honolulu, Novosibirsk and Rome, and it can be found …

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